Finally, the first Monday is May is here! And that means it’s time to fete the newest fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — and swoon over the red carpet. Hands down, the Met Gala is the most anticipated night of the year in fashion. Where else do celebs take such risks? Every year, we wait with bated breath to see who will run with the theme, which is “Camp: Notes on Fashion” this year. These are the best looks that stole our attention on the Met Gala red carpet.
Lady Gaga (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
We challenge you to come up with a star who can embody camp better than Lady Gaga. (Meat dress, anyone?) That’s what made her a perfect choice as one of this year’s co-chairs for the Met Gala. Her red carpet ensembles—yes, plural—exceeded expectations with not one but four outfits. She arrived in a voluminous fuchsia gown with the train carried by several men in tuxedos. After waltzing up and down the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s stairs, Lady Gaga took off the gown to reveal a strapless black dress underneath and struck a pose with an umbrella. Like a Russian nesting doll, she removed that dress as well to reveal another pink dress, accessorized with oversized sunnies and old school oversized cell phone. Finally, she stripped off more to her underwear. Each ensemble was by Brandon Maxwell. Four looks, one fashion icon.
Billy Porter (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
There’s no de-Nile (see what we did there?) that Billy Porter certainly knows how to make an entrance. He looked to ancient Egypt for his gold jumpsuit with wings and a gold crown by The Blonds. But his arrival was even more head-turning: He was carried onto the red carpet by six shirtless men wearing gold pants and headpieces. The final touch was his makeup, done by none other than Pat McGrath.
Serena Williams (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Serena Williams just got another grand slam—on the red carpet. Another Met Gala co-chair, she sported a billowing lemony Versace gown covered in pink leaves, with a matching pair of bright yellow Nike Air sneakers made with Off-White. Talk about foot work!
Awkwafina (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Awkwafina struck gold for her very first Met Gala in a layered, pleated dress by Joseph Altuzarra. The gleaming makeup and statement lip convinced us her look wouldn’t have been out of place in one of the parties her character attended in Crazy Rich Asians.
Designer Alessandro Michele, left, and Harry Styles (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles went in more than one direction with his gender-fluid ensemble. The Another Met Gala co-chair channeled a Victorian pirate for his unique lewk, and it was clearly a creation of with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.
Laverne Cox (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Fashion loves a bold shoulder, and Laverne Cox took that concept up a notch with her black sequined gown by Christian Siriano. Even the train had ruffles!
Celine Dion (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
The headpiece. The fringe. Is there anything Celine Dion can’t pull off?
Saoirse Ronan (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Move over Daenerys Targaryen—Saoirse Ronan is the new mother of dragons. The actress is not new to taking risks on the red carpet, as this ruby red Gucci gown proves.
Lucy Boynton (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Talk about beginner’s luck: Lucy Boynton made her Met Gala debut in a Prada gown bedecked with tulle, sequins and feathers. But her dress wasn’t the only pastel—her blonde hair was dyed aqua and topped off with a flower crown, while Harry Winston jewels brought the bling.
Janet Mock (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Leader of the flock, Janet Mock’s feathered confection simultaneously gives off disco vibes.