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Met Gala 2019: The Campiest Costumes Were Truly Exaggerated

Met Gala 2019: The Campiest Costumes Were Truly Exaggerated

Compared to the 2019 Met Gala theme, the 2018 Met Gala theme was very specific; heavenly bodies. This year’s theme was self-interpreting but also very limiting and probably challenging. Asides the limits, celebrities showed up in style and memorable costumes.

The Met Gala, an annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is considered one of the world’s biggest fashion events. It is known for its elite guest list, its high-priced tickets and – most of all – its lavish outfits, based on a different theme each year.

This year, the theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ and it coincided with an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art based on the 1964 essay written by fashion writer and political activist, Susan Sontag. The article was against interpretation and perfectly explained “Camp” as a fashion term. It also solidified Sontag’s place as a critic.

The works of designers from Virgil Abloh to Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo, Mugler, Bob Mackie, Karl Lagerfeld, and more were featured in the exhibit. A large part of the exhibition took a huge dive into how “irony, humour, parody, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.”

Lady Gaga

“Camp” is a means of self-expression that challenges the everyday life. It means outfits are not supposed to be basic, everyday pieces put together. They should be bold, loud, colourful and beyond the norm.

The outfits at the 2019 Met Gala hosted by Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Alessandro Michele and Harry Styles were, like the exhibition, “full of irony, humour, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration.” This is owing to the fact that the theme was open to a whole lot of interpretation.

Just as some celebrities went above and beyond to follow the theme, like always others didn’t but still delivered some pretty amazing looks. We’ve curated some of the most exaggerated, bold or unnatural looks which nailed the theme of the night.

Check out the campiest looks from the 2019 Met Gala below…


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Cardi B in a custom made Thom Browne dress


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Zendaya in Tommy Hilfiger


Lupita Nyongo wearing a Versace gown

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Ciara wearing Versace




Kylie and Kendall Jenner both wearing Balmain


Gigi Hadid in Micheal Kors


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Joan Smalls


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Priyanka Chopra


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Tessa Thompson in Chanel Autumn 2016


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Naomi Campbell

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Kim Kardashian in Thierry Mugler




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Lily Collin


Bella Hadid in Moschino


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Jordan Dunn


Nicki Minaj


Emily Ratajkowski in a sheer Dundas dress


Dua Lipa in Versace Gown and boots


Lizzo in Marc Jacobs

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Gwen Stefani




Gal Gadot


Emilia Clarke


Cara Delevingne


Katy Perry in Moschino


Janet Mock


Tracee Elis Ross


Janelle Monae


Kacey Musgrave


Madelaine Petsch


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Saoirse Ronan in Gucci


See Also

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Nichapat Suphap


Kris Jenner in Tommy Hilfiger


Florence Welch


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Celine Dion in an Oscar de la Renta bodysuit


Serena Williams


Laverne Cox in Christian Siriano


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Jordan Roth in an Iris Van Herpen cape


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Jordan Roth


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Cody Fern


Ezra Miller in a Burberry Suit and pearl corset


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Keiynan Lonsdale


Alessandro Michele and Harry Styles both wearing Gucci

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Hamish Bowles




Hamish Bowles in Maison Margiela Artisanal


Billy Porter


Darren Chris


Ryan Murphy


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Jared Leto


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