Kim Kardashian's killer corset, Cardi B's duvet dream, Katy Perry the chandelier and Lady Gaga's strip tease: Met Gala stars compete to be the queen of 'camp' on most OUTRAGEOUS red carpet yet

This year's gala was dedicated to the idea of 'camp,' as defined by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay Notes on 'Camp'

07 May 2019 - 08:08

The biggest names in fashion and Hollywood put on a true spectacle at the Met Gala on Monday night with outrageous - and at times down right ridiculous - interpretations the evening's theme, 'Camp: Notes on Fashion.'

The invitation-only event, famed for its A-list celebrities and haute couture gowns, is a benefit for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit.

Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian, rapper Cardi B, singer Katy Perry and Oscar-winning super star Lady Gaga were among those competing to be the night's queen of 'camp' with dramatic entrances and over-the-top ensembles.

Kim draped her famous figure in an eye-popping corset, Cardi B arrived wearing a giant duvet while Katy transformed herself into a living chandelier and Lady Gaga performed a four-outfit strip tease. 

Family affair: Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kanye West , Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott posed for a fantastic family photo at the 2019 Met Gala in New York City on Monday
 

Family affair: Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kanye West , Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott posed for a fantastic family photo at the 2019 Met Gala in New York City on Monday

Killer corset: Kim Kardashian commanded attention in a skintight Maison Mugler corset for the 2019 Met Gala in New York on Monday
Killer corset: Kim Kardashian commanded attention in a skintight Maison Mugler corset for the 2019 Met Gala in New York on Monday

Killer corset: Kim Kardashian commanded attention in a skintight Maison Mugler corset

Kim donning the shimmering nude ensemble as her husband Kanye West joined her on the pink carpet. He was absent from the Met Gala last year. 

'Who has ever been to a ball that did not have a chandelier?!,' shared designer Jeremy Scott. 'The idea of elegance itself is quite camp and I wanted to play with that concept, poke a lil fun at it with a loving nudge.'

Cardi B wore an all-red gown with a dramatic, over-the-top train that billowed behind her on the pink carpet.

The oxblood custom Thom Browne gown extended outward in concentric circles for about ten feet. 

'I designed this dress for Cardi specifically because she has the ultimate beauty in a woman’s body, and that is what the dress is about for me: taking advantage of that beauty,' said Thom Browne to Vogue.

Her own red carpet: Cardi B wore an all-red gown with a dramatic, over-the-top train that billowed behind her on the pink carpet
 

Her own red carpet: Cardi B wore an all-red gown with a dramatic, over-the-top train that billowed behind her on the pink carpet

Fan it out: The oxblood custom Thom Browne gown extended outward in concentric circles
 

Fan it out: The oxblood custom Thom Browne gown extended outward in concentric circles

Female form: 'I designed this dress for Cardi specifically because she has the ultimate beauty in a woman’s body, and that is what the dress is about for me: taking advantage of that beauty,' said Thom Browne
 

Female form: 'I designed this dress for Cardi specifically because she has the ultimate beauty in a woman’s body, and that is what the dress is about for me: taking advantage of that beauty,' said Thom Browne

It was made from tulle and silk organza and filled with down. The hand-embroidered dress was also decorated with 30,000 feathers. It took 35 people more than 2,000 hours to create.

Lady Gaga - one of this year's co-chairs - arrived in a humongous bright pink satin gown that boasted puffy sleeves and a matching oversized bow on her platinum locks as it was carried by a number of tuxedo-wearing men with black umbrellas. 

The ensemble was designed by her former stylist Brandon Maxwell.

Finally, the pop princess stripped down to her final showstopper which was a risque set of lingerie - including a black bra, sheer leggings, and impossibly high stiletto heels.

Many of the A-list guests worked the camp theme to the max. That included Zendaya, whose Cinderella Tommy Hilfiger dress went aglow with the wave of a magic wand. She dropped one of her see-through slippers on the way up the long staircase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the cocktail hour. 

Singer Harry Styles - one of the event's chair  - donned a flamenco-inspired, gender-fluid look designed by Gucci.

He walked the red carpet with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. 

Another trick up her sleeve: She then stripped off her black dress to reveal a pink frock
She's a show stopper! The singer really pulled out all the stops as she debuted a third look

Another reveal! Lady Gaga's transformation continued as she peeled off her black dress to reveal a pink frock 

The final act: Lady Gaga finished her red carpet show in just her underwear
Wagon time: Lady Gaga pulled  wagon behind her to add to the 'camp' feel

The final act: Lady Gaga finished her red carpet show in just her underwear - including a black bra, sheer leggings, and impossibly high stiletto heels

Met Gala co-chair Serena Williams wore Versace with Off-White Nike sneakers. She was joined by her husband Alexis Ohanian. 

Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee were among the first to arrive at the event.

Billy Porter of Pose fame was carried onto the red carpet by six shirtless men, who wore gold pants and headpieces. 

'Camp is the art of being extra and I've always been extra,' he laughed. 'I'm from the theater so it's easy for me.'

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