The best and most interesting moment has taken place at the 2019 Met Gala.

With a theme that celebrated the outrageous and over-the top nature of camp as a sensibility, the 2019 Met Gala also had outrageous moments, with noted red carpet champs.

As the likes of Lady Gaga, Billy Porter and Celine Dion were present, swanning and showing out at the annual event on Monday night in New York City.

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

It marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.

 

Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night, since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit’s theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, was inspired by Susan Sontag’s iconic 1964 essay, Notes on “Camp,” which describes the essence of camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”

At the Met Gala, this translated to a red carpet filled with over-the-top looks and many a performance art of an entrance.

From Lady Gaga, one of the co-hosts of the night, who established her dominion as a camp champ with a flamboyant striptease on the red carpet of four different Brandon Maxwell looks to the inimitable Billy Porter, who showed up in a Sun God-inspired ensemble, carried in on a golden litter by muscled attendants, this Met Gala was one for the books.

The Met Gala was established in 1948 as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute and mark the opening of its annual exhibit. The first gala was a midnight dinner and tickets were fifty dollars each.

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