With a theme like "Camp: Notes on Fashion," we knew the 2019 Met Gala would be a feast for the eyes. The theme gave designers license to be as extravagant and over-the-top as they could dream — and many answered the call with feathers, sequins and miles upon miles of trains. But if this theme was built for anyone, it was Lady Gaga, who also happened to be a co-chair for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute benefit in New York City. With plenty of her most famous fashion moments adhering to camp standards, it was a given that she'd knock this Met Gala getup out of the park! So what exactly did she wear? Not one, not two, not even three different outfits! No, the superstar gave us four different looks and even changed into them all right on the pink carpet. Gaga showed up in this glamorous hot pink Brandon Maxwell gown with a 25-foot train. The frock featured a seam down the front that would eventually give way to a completely different ensemble — and then some. Keep reading to take a closer look at her first outfit of the night, then see the rest of the best and worst dressed stars…
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That bow! Lady Gaga accessorized her first getup with this beautiful headpiece in an exact matching shade of hot pink. It topped her perfectly coiffed hairstyle, which included blunt bangs, and managed to detract from her phenomenal beauty look (which we'll get to later). Next up? The second outfit she unveiled on the pink carpet!
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Underneath Lady Gaga's hot pink frock? Another look. Brandon Maxwell helped her take off the first layer to reveal a strapless, structured black gown. The accessory of choice for this look? A matching black umbrella.
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And now for Lady Gaga's third look — a fitted hot pink spaghetti-strap dress! Though the frock was relatively simple and fit underneath her first two looks, her accessories elevated it to the next campy level.
From a big bow to an umbrella to some blinged-out shades! Lady Gaga accessorized her hot pink look with oversized black sunglasses and a chunky '90s-style cell phone-purse that housed her lipstick. Did you think the outfits stopped here? Nope, Lady Gaga had one more look to go…
For Lady Gaga's last look, she stripped off her final hot pink layer and showed everyone her bedazzled skivvies. The stark contrast to how she started out also included some fishnet stockings and sky-high platform heels. Her accessory of choice this time? Let's take a closer look…
For her last look, Lady Gaga wheeled around a Haus of Gaga wagon filled with cowboy hats, hairspray and Brandon Maxwell's rose purses from his runway show.
Serving as a foundation for all of those outfit changes? Lady Gaga's stunning beauty look. She started with a platinum blonde wig complete with blunt bangs and then had even more fun when it came time for her makeup. There's a reason this look took over a month of research — it was comprised of extra-dramatic gold foil lashes complemented by thick black winged eyeliner. And you might not have noticed, but underneath those over-the-top lashes, there were also little crystal tear drops dotting her cheeks. Tying everything together? That fun and fabulous hot pink lip!
It would be impossible to top last year's Met Gala entrance, but Katy Perry certainly tried! This year, the star transformed herself into a chandelier with the help of Moschino. Her frock featured lit bulbs surrounding her hips and head, making for an incredibly over-the-top and totally campy fashion moment.
Considering he was a co-chair for the 2019 Met Gala, we expected a lot from Harry Styles. Though he arrived with Gucci's Alessandro Michele, this look wasn't what we anticipated from a marriage of the flashy label and camp. Harry's jumpsuit looked all too simple from afar, so it's time to take a closer look and see if there's anything redeemably campy about this getup…
Though Harry Styles' black outfit featured lots of ruffles and sheer lace — details we don't normally see on men — that was really all that set his Gucci look apart. Bringing a little more camp? All of those rings and his mismatched nail color. Next up? A look at his best, more surprising accessory…
The boy with the pearl earring! Harry Styles completed his Gucci getup with a big pearl drop earring.
A man who, let's be honest, was born to pull off the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme? Jared Leto! Jared took a page from the Gucci runway and walked the pink carpet holding a replica of his own head while donning a high-necked red gown bedazzled with jewels. We know what you want to see next…
Yep, Jared Leto walked around with an exact replica of his head! He successfully pulled off the wildest accessory of the night.
Some stars truly went above and beyond to adhere to the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" Met Gala theme. One of those stars? Elle Fanning! The actress slayed the theme in this Miu Miu getup plucked straight from the '70s, a coral two-piece outfit with winged sleeves and bell bottoms. There's a lot to unpack from the perfectly executed ensemble, but let's start with those necklaces.
Elle Fanning's necklace truly took this Miu Miu look to the next level The oversized accessory featured words like "camp" and "The Met" and tons of brightly colored charms. Equally over the top? Her earrings.
Elle Fanning's incredible nail art cemented this look as one of the best of the night — her bright manicure included individual charms hanging from her nails that were equally as kitschy and eye-catching as the ones around her neck. Her beauty look was also on-point — that over-the-top winged eyeliner paired with pastel eyeshadow made a major statement, as did that bright pink lipstick and high ponytail.
Rachel Brosnahan's Erdem dress was pretty, but it could have been worn on any red carpet. The hot pink and red long-sleeved frock featured layers of tulle and black bow details down the bodice, and though it was lovely, we just don't think it was right for this momentous occasion.
Lupita Nyong'o's rainbow Versace number was bold and beautiful. The column gown crafted from star-shaped macrame and embellished with fuschia crystals was topped with a bejeweled cape detail. To get the full effect, you've got to take a closer look…
Regal in rainbow! A closer inspection of Lupita Nyong'o's gorgeous Versace gown showed just how much intricate detail went into creating this campy couture. And the eye-catching getup was complemented perfectly by her equally over-the-top hairstyle that was actually inspired by a camp queen — Marie Antoinette — and accessorized with gold afro picks. Let's see those and her exquisite makeup next…
When it came to beauty, Lupita Nyong'o's look was truly a work of art. From the gold afro pick additions to the rainbow of color on her eyelids and that glossy black lip, everything about her look screamed camp in the most high-fashion way.
Does "dripping wet" translate to camp to you? We didn't think so. Kim Kardashian's take on this year's theme included this custom look by Thierry Mugler that brought a wet vibe to the pink carpet. The taupe latex look featured iridescent beading that gave the illusion that the star was dripping water and rising from an ocean. Though we applaud the valiant effort, we're not quite sure we're on the same page with this one.
A Dior rainbow! Cara Delevingne arrived in this very bold Dior design — a rainbow dress with matching tights. Though the look was certainly eye-catching, it was her headpiece that really stole the show. Let's take a closer look…
Eyeballs and teeth and fingers and… bananas? Cara Delevingne answered the call for camp with this bizarre headpiece complete with figures of all sorts of random body parts and food. The orange line around her face kept in line with the rainbow stripes of her dress while her rainbow necklace also added another round of color.
Did Demi Moore get the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" memo? We're thinking no after one look at this incredibly boring black Saint Laurent dress. Though she accessorized with some pretty Harry Winston jewels, not even diamonds could salvage this off-theme look.
Kacey Musgraves transformed into a perfect campy icon — Barbie! She had a major hot pink Moschino moment, even trading her typically dark locks to Barbie blonde. The frock was actually a bright pink leather bomber jacket turned into a gown with a racy thigh-high slit, but it was her accessories that took this look to the next level…
Kacey Musgraves added matching sunglasses and a blow dryer purse to really bring home her Barbie-themed look. All that was missing was a Barbie box!
One of the biggest letdowns of the night? Miley Cyrus's take on camp. The star wore Saint Laurent to fashion's biggest night, but her polka-dot tights and black-and-green sequined minidress fell flat when compared to other bolder looks.
Stunning in silver, Jennifer Lopez looked like a dream in her Atelier Versace design. The hand-beaded frock was comprised of Swarovski crystals, opals and macro-paillettes to give it that shimmering, delicate feel that gave way to a rainbow-like effect down the skirt. Completing the look? A matching headpiece! Let's take a closer look…
Jennifer Lopez donned a headpiece to match her Atelier Versace gown, which gave the star shimmering fringe around her beautiful face. When it came to makeup, purple-hued eyeshadow and a nude lip finished this statement look off nicely.
It takes a lot to wear a simple black dress and still evoke the camp theme — but Tracee Ellis Ross pulled off this nearly impossible feat! Instead of going with feathers and gaudy embellishments, Tracee donned the simple Moschino dress and carried around a picture frame, driving home the statement that her look was a work of art.
One of the co-chairs of the night, Serena Williams, dazzled in a fluorescent yellow and pink Atelier Versace number. Her show-stopping ensemble was comprised of a bustier corset-style dress with a detachable skirt and cape feature complete with dramatic shoulders. But in order to fully appreciate this extraordinarily dreamy dress, you need to check out the fine attention to detail…
Serena Williams' gown was adorned with delicate leaf-shaped appliques in pink and yellow hues. Aside from the stunning colors and intricate embellishments, it was the structure of this gown that truly set it apart. See it from another angle next…
Stunning! The shape of the cape detail on Serena Williams' gown jetted out like her very own pair of wings while still saving space for the pretty, delicate strappy details down the back. She put the confection on full display by wearing her hair in a low bun. Next up? A look at her surprising shoe choice!
To complement her Atelier Versace gown, Serena Williams decided to go for comfort — she rocked neon yellow Off White x Nike sneakers. By afterparty time, we bet she was the envy of all of the other ladies in that comfy shoe choice!
When it came time to choose jewels, Serena Williams tapped de Grisogono. She selected rings from the jeweler's Melody of Colours collection in complementary bright shades.
As a former fashion darling, we expected a lot more from Sienna Miller. The star opted for this boring silver long-sleeved frock with a rose detail at the neckline, and we're struggling to figure out what about this felt campy to her.
Part showgirl, part statue! Celine Dion donned this glamorous golden Oscar de la Renta confection comprised of perfectly arranged metallic fringe. The frock took more than 3,000 hours to create and weighed an impressive 22 pounds. Next up, a better look at that intricate headpiece!
From fringe to feathers! Celine Dion looked ready to hit the Las Vegas stage with this headpiece and wore icy metallic makeup to boot.
Kendall Jenner looked like a tangerine dream in Atelier Versace. Her brightly hued gown featured tulle and chevron-patterned crystal embroidery, though it was its trim that got the most attention — just look at all those matching bright orange feathers! Sister Kylie Jenner was in a complementary look by the same fashion house…
Serving as Kendall Jenner's lilac counterpart? Kylie Jenner, who also wore Atelier Versace. Kylie's strapless frock was comprised of hand-embroidered Swarovski crystals in a chain pattern and featured a mermaid silhouette. It also included feathers like big sis Kendall's ensemble — though hers were in a complementary lilac shade.
A romper with a train? Yikes! That's what Lili Reinhart wore to the Met Gala. Her blue off-the-shoulder romper featured massive sleeves and an excessive train, but even with a theme like "Camp: Notes on Fashion," we couldn't get behind this look.
This year's Met Gala entrance was lined in pink — so Cardi B took it upon herself to bring the red carpet! Her Thom Browne design was a stunning rich red hue featuring concentric circles that went on and on for 10 feet. The intricate gown, which was made up of tulle and silk organza, was decorated with feathers and topped off with a stunning headpiece. Let's see that next…
Look at the detailing on that headpiece! Thom Browne made Cardi B's bugle-bead head covering in collaboration with Stephen Jones, and the results were over-the-top fabulous. Equally eye-catching? Her flawless makeup — check out that ruby red lip!
Kristen Stewart rocked Chanel on the Met Gala pink carpet but still managed to make the classic fashion house look camp with her multicolored hairstyle and bleached eyebrows. It redeemed her considering her black sequined crop top and high-waisted white sequined pants were all too boring.
Yara Shahidi's custom Prada design was inspired by a '50s swimsuit, and though we loved it from the top, once it gave way to tights and that odd heel selection, we were lost. But we do give her props for that gorgeous black feathered coat! And that killer bouffant hairstyle.
Emily Ratajkowski channelled a camp icon — Cher! Her Dundas getup left very little to the imagination while bringing plenty of sparkle with a matching headpiece, allowing her to pull off the over-the-top-extra theme flawlessly.
Did Penelope Cruz realize she was at the Met Gala? We're not so sure. The star arrived in this heartbreakingly basic black-and-white Chanel dress, which didn't even attempt to adhere to the night's theme.
Saoirse Ronan's gown was flanked by dragons! The golden creatures sat atop both of her shoulders, complementing the gorgeous classic Gucci red and green shades and serving up a look that would make Khaleesi green with envy. We've got to take a closer look…
Saoirse Ronan's Gucci dragons were even more stunning up close. This was one of our favorite looks on the star, who complemented the ensemble with killer jewels. We loved the way she opted for simpler makeup and messy waves to balance out this statement dress.
A Gucci look we weren't wild about? Ashley Graham's stockings-as-pants moment. The model opted for these nude stocking-boots emblazoned with bedazzled shoutouts to Dapper Dan as part of the fashion house's collaboration with the brand. Up top? A Gucci blazer she rocked as a dress. Let's see it from behind and check out the one redeeming feature of her look — her hair accessories — next…
Ashley Graham's Gucci blazer was also part of the Dapper Dan collaboration, calling out the brand on the back. Our favorite part of her look? All of her insane hair accessories, which included plenty of Gucci hair clips, bows and bedazzled hair bands.
Pulling off a kitschy, cool Wonder Woman vibe? Halsey, who rocked this cherry red Prabal Gurung design complete with a massive train. Her gold cuffs evoked the famous superhero, and she added matching bright red shoes resulting in a stellar first Met Gala appearance.
Yawn. Michael B. Jordan wore this incredibly boring all-black Coach look, which was only even slightly interesting thanks to some black sequins. Thank you, next!
Gigi Hadid transformed into an ice queen for this year's Met Gala in a Michael Kors design made up of silver, white and gold. Her look was comprised of a catsuit with a feather-adorned coat to match and topped off by a glamorous headpiece that tied the whole look together. Her beauty look only made it better…
Gigi Hadid completed her ice queen ensemble with killer makeup that included a nude lip and elongated silver eyelashes. Her dangling earrings completed the look, adding more bling to her headpiece and enhancing the icy effect.
Not to be outdone by her big sister, Bella Hadid also rocked a perfectly campy confection. The model's black Moschino gown was the epitome of extra, from the racy cut-out at the hip to the bedazzled, multicolored embellishments. Over-the-elbow gloves kept the jewels coming, and the star also unveiled a slick new short hairstyle. Get a better look at that next…
Bella Hadid can pull off a pixie! The star's new hairstyle helped show off those exquisite emeralds dangling from her ears. And her winged liner completed this excellently exaggerated look.
Gwen Stefani was blinged out on the Met Gala pink carpet thanks to designer Jeremy Scott. The singer donned a little bodysuit embellished with multicolored gemstones paired with fishnet stockings. Taking this look to the next campy level? That oversized fur coat that was equally embellished. She completed her look with an elaborate necklace, a high ponytail and a cherry red lip.
If you're not even going to pretend to adhere to the Met Gala theme, why even go? That's the question we have for Emma Stone, who arrived in this silver-and-black Louis Vuitton jumpsuit that didn't evoke camp in the slightest.
Hailee Steinfeld had a fun (and confusing!) message for photographers while posing on the pink carpet — "No Photos Please." Her ruffled purple-and-green couture gown was emblazoned with the command — an ironic request at the Met Gala. A black belt detail and hat tied this kitschy look together.
Karlie Kloss's golden Gucci moment felt underwhelming amidst a sea of killer ensembles. Though we liked the fact that it featured the Gucci logo subtly throughout the frock and those black sleeves were fun, this look felt like a lame attempt at channeling the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme.
Constance Wu brought us a look that was part Vegas showgirl, part flapper. We loved this departure for the star, who arrived in a low-cut silver Marchesa dress with fluttery cut-out sleeves and plenty of embellishments. But we're having a hard time placing it in the on-theme pile.
If there ever was an era that epitomized camp, it was the '80s. That's why Alicia Vikander nailed the theme in this Louis Vuitton getup complete with exaggerated ruffles around the collar, a chunky belt and sparkly silver around the sleeves.
Solange Knowles typically nails the theme of the Met Gala, so this turn was disappointing. The star's take on camp? A snakeskin long-sleeved romper and thigh-high boots.
Feathers and lace were perfectly on-brand for the theme, so Naomi Campbell's confection served up plenty of campy goodness. We loved the hot pink feathers, the bubblegum pink frock and the way white lace peaked out to make this frothy and feminine look even more over the top.
One of the most stunning accessories of the night? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's feathered shrug. It almost didn't matter what was underneath it, but Rosie killed it, channeling Old Hollywood in this Oscar de la Renta getup.
Amber Valletta rocked a risky bodysuit on the pink carpet. Alone, this long-sleeved piece with a keyhole cut-out down the bodice was bold enough, but it also came with a lime green feathered jacket to complete the funky vibe.
Beads and feathers and bling! Anna Wintour melded many over-the-top elements with a pale pink dress featuring plenty of sequined embellishments set underneath a pink-and-black feathered cape that featured an ombre effect that gave way to black tips, resulting in an outrageous fashion moment for the style maven.
We didn't expect too much camp from Anna Wintour's daughter, Bee Shaffer, but this outfit was a bore in comparison to the rest of the fun fashion at the Met Gala. Her black pantsuit featured a massive red rose detail that gave way to a very lengthy train. Next!
Have you ever seen a more fabulous cape? Ryan Murphy was the lucky man who got to wear this Christian Siriano design. His entire look was a tribute to Liberace, based on a costume the legend once wore. Let's take a closer look at the detailing…
The pearls! The sequins! Ryan Murphy's Christian Siriano-designed cape had some seriously impressive detailing.
Another star who opted to switch things up on the red carpet? Kris Jenner, who debuted blonde locks. Though her new hair was fun, we weren't fans of her outfit. The reality star wore a boring navy jumpsuit by Tommy Hilfiger with a feathered opera coat over top.
Another star who donned a brand new hair color? Mindy Kaling, who looked like a golden goddess in her glimmering gown with hair to match, delivering a perfectly kitschy and on-theme look.
Not campy enough, Sara Sampaio! The Victoria's Secret Angel served up a dull look compared to most of the night's fashion — this strapless August Getty silk tulle ballgown with Faberge-inspired jewel quilting on the top half and a solid white tulle skirt peeking out below.