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The Met Gala 2019 has been and gone, and Twitter is reeling from the drama. Lady Gaga had four outfits in less than three minutes, Frank Ocean looked like he was about to park your car for you, and Jared Leto pulled a Gucci, carrying his own severed head as an accessory.

This year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” was apparently more abstract for some than others, producing some very good and very confused interpretations of the particularities of campness detailed in Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on “Camp.”

Here’s a rundown of some of the best, worst, and most WTF outfits at the 2019 Met Gala.

Best

Ashton Sanders

The Moonlight actor wore a head-to-toe look by New York designer Telfar, including a logo earring and 16th-century wig that complemented the pirate-like details on the trim and skinny cut of the pants.

Harry Styles

Met Gala co-host Harry Styles in a sheer Gucci top, high-waisted pants, and black heels is *chef’s kiss*.

Serena Williams

Co-host Serena Williams wowed in a yellow Versace dress paired with volt OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Force 1s. Sneakers on the red carpet? Camp!

Ezra Miller

The Fantastic Beasts actor unmasked his inner camp (literally) in a pinstripe Burberry suit and jewelry from Tiffany & Co.

Kim Kardashian

Kim took the drip to a literal level in a bodycon wet-look dress by Thierry Mugler. She posted on Twitter that it was Mugler’s first new design in more than 20 years. And don’t get us started on her second look at the after-party

Lady Gaga

Gaga was one of the first to arrive, wearing a gargantuan pink dress that was carried by four assistants with umbrellas (very camp). She proceeded to reveal three more outfits and took a call on an early ’90s cellphone. As you do.

Dev Hynes

Songwriter and producer Hynes killed it in a monogrammed blazer, mint green pleated pants, loafers, and yellow roll-neck. All Gucci. All uber-camp and an inspiring combination of colors that we want to replicate come spring/summer.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita looked literally radiant in custom Versace. And note the multiple combs and matching feather fan.

Honorable mentions

Additional shout-outs go to Anna Wintour in pink Chanel couture from Karl Lagerfeld’s final show, Naomi Campbell in Valentino, and actor Cody Fern in Maison Margiela and bright blue cowboy boots.

Worst

Travis Scott

Scott’s style influence is undeniable but we’re going to call this one out. The Dior here is futuristic, not camp. In another context, this ’fit could possibly go off, but this is just way too utilitarian for the Met Gala.

Richard Madden

Another misstep in Kim Jones’ Dior from the Game of Thrones actor. We get it, you want to be James Bond, but the biggest question here is what is the big safety pin all about?

Shawn Mendes

Mendes’ Saint Laurent suit is nice, but “nice” wasn’t this year’s theme. There was an opportunity for Mendes to opt for something tongue-in-cheek here. Snooze.

Hailey Bieber

The backless Alexander Wang dress is a bit yawn. As a general rule, if you look too conventionally attractive at the Met Gala, you’re doing it wrong.

Rami Malek

It makes no sense that Rami Malek could portray camp icon Freddie Mercury (winning an Academy Award no less) and then arrive at the Met Gala looking like this.

Most WTF

Frank Ocean

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Ocean threw us a curveball here, looking like a valet (albeit a stylish one) in head-to-toe Prada. Can anyone else pull off this level of understated luxury? No. Is it Camp? Err. Do we stan? Yes.

Kanye West

Another curveball. ’Ye didn’t seem to fancy the theme this year, despite some of his best onstage style moments (the Givenchy kilt, the Margiela masks) being perfect examples of the rapper’s special brand of affected campness. Generally, this outfit works and can be put together for less than $100, and as Susan Sontag writes in Notes on “Camp,” camp is “the love of the exaggerated, the ‘off,’ of things-being-what-they-are-not,” so we guess West kind of made an effort.

Jared Leto

Jared Leto plucked this move from his friend, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, who had some of his models walk with disembodied heads in the brand’s FW18 show. We like the red, we like that it’s kind of a dress, but it also could have been a little more original.

Words by Max Grobe
Associate Fashion Editor
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