Crazy Outfits Abound at 'Camp' Met Gala

Katy Perry turned up dressed as a chandelier
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2019 6:04 AM CDT
This Year's Wildest Met Gala Looks
Lady Gaga, right, and Brandon Maxwell attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2019, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The theme was "camp" at this year's Met Gala and co-chair Lady Gaga once again had one of the most eye-catching outfits at one of the fashion world's biggest events of the year. Make that four outfits—the singer started out in a billowing pink outfit, then revealed a black gown underneath, which had a slim-fitting pink dress underneath, which she took off to reveal a bra-and-panties outfit, the BBC reports. The Monday night event at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art was held as a benefit for the Costume Institute. Other top looks, which can be see in the gallery:

  • Katy Perry. She was "literally lit," reports USA Today: Her outfit, including a 40-pound headpiece, was a chandelier, which glowed with the help of two hidden battery packs.

  • Zendaya. She was also lit: Her Cinderella Tommy Hilfiger dress glowed after a "magic" wand was waved, the AP reports.
  • Janelle Monae. "Someone somewhere would define camp as 'a hat on a hat,' so here we are," quips Kenzie Bryant at Vanity Fair.
  • Ezra Miller. Behind a mask on a stick was Miller—with five additional eyes, thanks to some deeply unsettling make-up.
  • Tiffany Haddish. Haddish not only had 57,000 sequins on her pantsuit, she sneaked in a bag of fried chicken, W Magazine reports. "I bring my own snacks because last year I was starving and I learned my lesson," she said.
  • Jared Leto. CNET reports that the actor had one of the night's more unusual accessories: a wax replica of his own head, which he "carried around like a macabre purse."

  • Michael Urie. The Ugly Betty star went for a gender-fluid look: his outfit was half dress, half tuxedo, and his face was half beard, half make-up.
  • Billy Porter. "Camp is the art of being extra and I've always been extra," said Porter. Dressed as what the AP calls an "Egyptian-esque sun god in gold wings," he was carried to the red carpet in a throne by shirtless men in gold pants.
  • Ryan Murphy. The American Horror Story creator wore a pearl-studded, Liberace-inspired outfit that weighed at least 100 pounds, the New York Times reports. "Once you're strapped in there’s no getting out of it," he said. "But it's really, really fun."
  • Regina King. King, who wore a shimmering Dynasty-inspired Oscar de la Renta gown, told People that it took her around four hours to get ready for the event—including a break for tequila.
  • Jordan Roth. The theme wasn't "Dress as your job," but theater owner Roth still turned up dressed as a theater.
(More Met Gala stories.)

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