This year the Met Gala was dedicated to the exhibition theme Camp: Notes On Fashion. The Costume Institute has framed the exhibition around Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay Notes on “Camp”, that describes it as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”
“Basically, we go from sun kings to drag queens”Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor
The Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest event on the fashion fundraising calendar and since 1995, the event has been chaired by US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. She enlists for every edition a public figures to serve as her co-chairs.
Past hosts have included Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Amal Clooney and Rihanna. The Met Gala 2019, which marks the event’s 71th anniversary, was co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles and Serena Williams.
One of the first guests to hit the red carpet, Lady Gaga sashayed in with five dancers, a personal photographer and make-up artist Sarah Tanno. And then came the outfit changes – all four of them.
The Met Gala always takes place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The night begins with a cocktail hour, in which guests walk the red carpet and explore the new exhibition, before sitting down to dinner and the evening’s performance, which this year came courtesy of Cher.
Speaking at the February press summit, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele said: “This is a very important moment because we will collaborate on the creation of this fantastic exhibition that has a DNA that is related to my work, working to the expression of human nature… Camp is a beautiful word.”
A slew of the world’s most-famous faces then descended on the red carpet as every year but with a different look. You can see here the past year celebration during the Met Gala 2018 when the theme was “Heavenly Bodies”.
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