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Camp Fashion- Met Gala 2019 Roundup & Our Favourite Camp Looks from History

Posted on May 07 2019

Trends come and go but without fail, the first Monday in May is always one of the most fashionable days of the year. The most extravagant looks, celebrity gossip and endless memes, The Met Gala never fails to give us it all and this year was no different. This years theme and exhibition takes its name from the Susan Sontag essay titled Notes on ‘Camp’ and was co-hosted by Harry Styles.

Unlike previous themes, ‘camp’ is wide-open to a plethora of interpretations but the majority of the celebrities took to the red carpet in their most extravagant, feathery, glittery gowns; maybe the most obvious interpretation but we are HERE. FOR. IT. regardless. You may like minimalist fashion, have a simple-scandi aesthetic and have an aversion to any colour that isn’t black or white, but it is undeniable that the most OTT looks and outrageous gowns tend to be the ones that we remember. Camp sensibilities influence designers every season and can be seen in contemporary collections by everyone from Molly Goddard to Jeremy Scott for Moschino.

Here are our favourite looks from last night and our top camp fashion moments from history.

Met 2019
Celine Dion in Oscar De La Renta
Celine Dion in Oscar De La Renta
A living legend and no stranger to camp sensibilities.
Lady Gaga in Brandon MaxwellLady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell
Not one to be upstaged Gaga turned out not one but four different red carpet looks... of course.
Laverne Cox in Christian Siriano
Laverne Cox in Christian Siriano
Charli XCX in Jean Paul Gaultier
Charli XCX in Jean Paul Gaultier

Ryan Murphy in Chrisitan Siriano
Ryan Murphy in Chrisitan Siriano
Liberace who?
Hari Nef in Gucci
Hari Nef in Gucci 
Dev Hynes in Gucci

Dev Hynes in Gucci
An actual angel from heaven here on earth, in Gucci, obviously. 
Elizabeth Debicki in Salvatore Farragamo

Elizabeth Debicki in Salvatore Farragamo 
Tracee Ellis Ross in Moschino

Tracee Ellis Ross in Moschino
A true camp queen.
Naomi Campbell in Valentino

Naomi Campbell in Valentino

Lupita Nyong’o in Versace
Lupita Nyong’o in Versace
 

Cardi B in Thom Browne
Cardi B in Thom Browne
Cardi did not come to play, she fully embraced the over-the-top theme.

Michael Urie in Christian Siriano
Michael Urie in Christian Siriano
 

Michael Urie in Christian Siriano
Ezra Miller in Burberry
Give the makeup artist a round of applause. 

Lizzo in Marc Jacobs
Lizzo in Marc Jacobs
She's definitely got the juice. 


Lena Waithe & Kerby Jean-Raymond
As per her Instagram caption Lena 'came to slay' and remind us that black drag queens invented camp.

 

Masters of Camp Through History

Of course, our Met invite was lost in the post but had we attended these are the masters of camp that we would have taken inspiration from.

 Ru Paul

RuPaul

Lil Kim

Lil Kim

Meadham Kirchhoff

Meadham Kirchhoff SS13 (and everything else in their back catalogue)

Prince

Liberace 

Cher 

Anna Nicole Smith 

Well that's it for this year's Met Gala all there is to do now is watch the memes roll in and wait for next years theme to be announced.

 

Words by Eloise Gendry