Another year, another Met Gala… Once again, the fashion world is alight with feathers and jewels and the things only dreams are made up of – designer’s dreams that is. FIB brings you all that is the 2019 Met Gala.
Held annually at the Metropolitan Museum for the Arts, the Met Gala is one of the fashion industry’s biggest nights of the year, and the 2019 ball did not disappoint. With celebrities adorned in costumes that were elegant, daring, surprising and just plain old jaw-dropping, this year’s red carpet is one to beat.
The theme of the night was “Camp”, framed around Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay, Notes On “Camp” which predicates different ways in which the concept could be construed. Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Institute, said that he found Sontag’s writings to be so timely with what is going on in our cultural and political worlds that the Camp theme would have a lot of cultural resonance.
From Lady Gaga’s outfit changes, to Katy Perry’s chandelier get up or Billy Porter’s pharaoh worthy entrance, the red carpet saw it all and there were a few personal standouts:
My top pick for this year’s Met is Kimmy K aka Kim Kardashian-West. Now I don’t consider myself a Kardashian fan and to be honest, I haven’t seen a single episode of KUWTK but even if you are the biggest critic of the Kardashians you have got to admit she and Thierry Mugler SLAYED this look.
Being the first piece that designer Manfred Thierry Mugler has created for the house in over 20 years, Kim’s outfit was worthy of its significance. Inspired by Sophia Loren’s wet shirtdress in the 1957 film Boy on A Dolphin, the silk organza number was dripping with sparkling crystals that looked oh so like real water droplets. Pair that with a snatched waist courtesy of world-renowned corset maker, Mr Pearl, bronze and glowy makeup and wet-look finger waves you get a walking piece of art.
Coming in at a very close second for my absolute favourite look was Nina Dobrev in a custom Zac Posen – and I do mean custom as it was 3D printed specifically for Dobrev’s measurements.
The eye-catching mini created by not only Posen but also GE Additive and Protolabs, was a mixture of fairy tale dreaming and futuristic fantasy, a true homage to the art that awaited guests in the Museum. With a “glass-slipper-esque” dress that took over 200 hours from start to finish, it is no surprise that it looked so spectacularly alluring. Not to mention those pins – what’s the number of Nina’s PT, anyone?
It would be hard not to mention Zendaya when discussing this year’s Met Ball as she was, well to put it simply, magical. Designer Tommy Hilfiger, stylist Law Roach and Disney princess Zendaya certainly exceeded expectations that I, and most likely everyone, didn’t even know we had.
What began as a crystal grey dress when Zendaya first stepped onto the carpet, transformed into a beautiful blue ball gown at the wave of her fairy godmother/stylist, Roach’s wand. Then to really go that extra mile, Zendaya left her glass slipper on the steps so gracefully it would have made Cinderella herself proud.
Last, but most definitely not least, on my list is none other than Ezra Miller. Never one to shy away from bold looks, Miller took it to the next level gracing the red carpet with not only his own, but five other eyes painted on his face. The whole outfit was perfectly bizarre, the incredible makeup courtesy of makeup artist Mimi Choi and his bedazzled pinstripe suit/crystal corset combo designed by Burberry’s Ricardo Tisci simply looked A++. It’s camp, it’s wonderful and honestly it gives me a headache, but boy did he pull it off.
Who took out your number one spot for best dressed at the 2019 Met Gala? Let us know in the comments below!