The Met Gala Goes To Camp: Here's All The Over-the-Top Looks From The Red Carpet

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We've researched the theme, predicted what celebrities will wear on the red carpet, and Insta-stalked Lady Gaga for so long that we're starting to see platforms in our sleep. The only thing left to do is watch the red carpet. Yep, the First Monday in May is finally here, and it's time to welcome the biggest, most meticulously planned night in fashion: The Met Gala.
The Met Gala kickstarts a four-month-long exhibit put on by the Costume Institute at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year's theme, based on Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, "Camp: Notes On Fashion", is all about "the love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration." So naturally, we're expecting attendees to go completely over the top with their red carpet looks. After all, if Cardi B and Rihanna can take even a Catholic-themed dress code and make it fashion, we can't imagine what they'll do with a theme literally dedicated to outrageousness.
With Lady Gaga's four looks leading the way, here's how this year's guest list is bringing camp to life at tonight's Met Gala red carpet.
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Lana Condor in Giambattista Valli Couture

To All The Boys [She's] Loved Before, you seriously missed out because Lana Condor looked like an absolute princess donning a cotton candy-colored Giambattista Valli number — off-the-shoulder, tulle train, poof sleeves and all.
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Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

Among the first to arrive, co-host and queen of camp Lady Gaga really, really made an entrance. Not only did she show up in a next-level hot pink parachute coat, of which was custom made for her by designer, Brandon Maxwell, she casually stripped down — on the pink carpet — into the ultimate LBD.
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Serena Williams in Versace

Are you even real, Serena Williams? The record-breaking tennis wonder and Met Gala co-host really can do it all — and even better, she does it in Versace. And sneakers.
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Billy Porter in The Blonds

Let's get one thing straight: Billy Porter knows how to enter a room. Carried in Cleopatra-style on an Egyptian throne built for a queen, this custom gold look by The Blonds, complete with freakin' wings, might just have won the carpet.
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Alessandro Michele and Harry Styles in Gucci

Are these guys BFFs? Or do they both just love ruffles? Either way, Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele and Met Gala co-host Harry Styles look like they’re walking into the most elevated semi-formal that we could ever hope for.
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Kim Kardashian West in Mugler

Stepping out of the ocean and onto the red carpet is the official Kim Kardashian-West way to do the Met Gala. Sporting wet hair (similar to this month's cover of Vogue), KKW wore designer Thierry Mugler's first design for his eponymous label in 20 years.
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Yara Shahidi in Prada

Inspired by a 50s one-piece swimsuit, Yara Shahidi's custom Prada look is one to beat. Add to it all a pair of bedazzled tights and you've got one of our favorite looks of the night.
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J. Lo in Versace

We'll always love this. J. Lo channeled Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard with this diamond-encrusted headpiece and matching fringe body-con gown. It's safe to say that we all want to be A.Rod right now.
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Kylie Jenner in Versace

Sure, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are the unofficial queens of modern camp, but now that we've seen this lavender Versace number on Kylie Jenner, we're thinking that they've got some serious, fluffy competition.
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Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart

And the winner for most camp couple goes to... Bughead. Lili, who played it safe at last year's Met Gala, went full Let Them Eat Cake in this aquamarine short set, while her Riverdale -and-real-life beau Cole goofs it up, as he does, in a Ferragamo suit inspired by an archival shoe circa 1938.
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Tessa Thompson in Chanel

Ariana Grande's ponytail just met its match — and it comes in the form of two latex pigtails-turned-whips on Tessa Thompson.
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Cardi B in Thom Browne

Cardi B gives us the grand camp finale that we wished for. Designer Thom Browne created a fantastical red feathered gown with an extra large (and round) train. Little mermaid lobster goals.
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Anna Wintour in Chanel

The woman of the hour, Anna Wintour, turned away from her ubiquitous black sunglasses and sedate style in favor of a Chanel buttoned-up gown paired with a Big Bird-esque feather shawl.
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Rachel Brosnahan in Erdem

Rachel Brosnahan is at her most marvelous (and most extra) tonight in this bow-embossed tiered gown courtesy of Erdem.
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Jared Leto in Gucci

Jared Leto did the damn thing — and he did it all the while holding a Gucci recreation of his own head. Biblical!
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Laverne Cox in Christian Siriano

Our fantasy come true. Laverne Cox shows up in a structural black dress by Christian Siriano with serious vampire goth vibes.
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Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas in Versace

Less than a week after eloping in Vegas alongside Diplo and an Elvis impersonator, newlyweds Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are at it again — this time on the Met Gala pink carpet, donning matching Versace looks fit for an 80s prom king and queen.
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Hailey Bieber in Alexander Wang

No one who's playing it safe would show up on a bubblegum pink carpet wearing... bubblegum pink. Thanks to this low-back sequin gown and bedazzled thong by Alexander Wang, Hailey Bieber didn't blend in and disappear. At all!
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Katy Perry in Moschino

Katy Perry couldn't just let Lady Gaga out-stunt her, could she? Wearing a Beauty and the Beast-inspired Moschino dress stacked with a fully-lit up chandelier headpiece, she's giving the co-host a run for her money. (And possibly testing nearby sprinklers, too.)
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Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

Daenerys is cool and all, but after seeing Saoirse Ronan don this dragon-esque Gucci frock on the pink carpet, we can't help but think that there's a new Mother of Dragons. Dracarys!
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Gigi Hadid in Michael Kors Collection

In honor of Elton John's new flick, Rocketman, Gigi Hadid arrives alongside designer Michael Kors in a chromatized rendition of the beloved Brit, including a cape and platform boot combo — plus a headdress.
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Regina Hall in Dapper Dan

Retro Gucci x Dapper Dan? We think yes. Working a new pastel pink 'do that perfectly matches the poof, off-the-shoulder sleeves of this brocade gown, Regina Hall is bringing us everything we could have asked for tonight.
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Ashley Graham in Dapper Dan x Gucci

No one does the double G quite like Ashley Graham. Add to that a blazer mini dress, some must-have hair clips, and rhinestone-crusted tights and you've got a flirty camp look.
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Kendall Jenner in Versace

Despite nearly taking out master runway walker, Kendall Jenner, this Cher-inspired custom gown by Versace is only adding to our love of neon, well, everything.
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Charli XCX in Jean Paul Gaultier

Is there anything more camp than neon and ruffles? We think not — especially when it's all courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier.
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Awkwafina in Altuzarra

Awkwafina returned to the scene of the crime a year after robbing the Met Gala in Ocean's 8, this time donning a crinkle cut gold gown by Altuzarra.
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Aquaria in Maison Margiela

RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 winner Aquaria always goes all the way, and this Met Gala look is no exception. Wearing "active tallons" and a shredded black look designed by John Galliano for Maison Margiela, Aquaria did camp justice on tonight's pink carpet.
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Miley Cyrus in Saint Laurent

Miley Cyrus has tried out every trend at least once, but we can't help but think that 80s punk (by Saint Laurent) is her best one yet, even if it's not really all that camp.
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Hamish Bowles in Maison Margiela.

Pastel hair, fringe-lined cape, dual-toned purple suit — Hamish Bowles (Vogue's European editor at large) just brought camp to life with his Met Gala look designed by John Galliano for Maison Margiela.
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Liza Koshy in Balmain

If only high school geometry could've been as extravagant and over-the-top as the YouTube star's geometric Balmain mini dress courtesy of the designer's haute couture 2019 collection.
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Celine Dion in Oscar de la Renta

Celine Dion might've been confused by the theme at first, but as per usual, she pulled it off with flying colors in this 22-pound, hand-stitched fringe bodysuit courtesy of Oscar de la Renta.
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Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano

This one-of-a-kind, possibly battery-operated Christian Siriano original is a not-so-subtle wink to the night's theme.
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Winnie Harlow

Extravagant headpieces and feather boas are the go-tos for the camp theme. Winnie Harlow stuns in a gold ensemble that bares much. Inspired by the Caribbean Carnival, she’s the peacock queen of space tonight.
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Ciara in Dundas

Good luck leveling up any higher than Ciara, because this out-of-this-world afro is next level. Oh, and her custom Dundas gown isn't half bad either.
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Ezra Miller in Burberry

Ezra Miller delighted on the pink carpet tonight in a custom Burberry pinstriped suit. Unlike all of the other suits that hit the Met steps, this one came with an exaggerated cape and studded corset. To further solidify the look? Five extra eyes for optimal exhibition viewing.

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