The theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibit, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” is all about theatricality—and poking fun at our cultural norms, institutions, and sacred cows (including the allegedly self-serious scene at the annual event). So, for once, there was no wrong way to dress for the Met Gala.
And given license by Vogue editor (and Met Gala matriarch) Anna Wintour to embrace the playful, this year’s celebrity guests—and their fashion and glam squads—went all out.
Fantastically silly, colorful, over-the-top ensembles sallied down the red carpet, lampooning everything from hero worship (Jared Leto carried a wax rendition of his own head), retro TV (Bella Hadid’s Dynasty style), royalty (see Billy Porter as an Egyptian pharaoh/phoenix and Zendaya as a modern Cinderella), and the very concept of a fancy ball gown—Cardi B’s maroon gown was truly immense, and event host Lady Gaga’s first of three outfits was a fuchsia gown with a train that covered most of the Met’s famous red staircase.
Jewelry worked double time, both accenting ensembles and helping to define entire looks (I mean, what’s an ancient Egyptian royal without mountains of gold jewelry??). And pieces were either costume (plastic/rhinestone) or dazzlingly diamond-ed—with not much in the middle.
Here are 10 jewelry looks from the 2019 Met Gala we won’t soon forget:
Top: Lily Collins in Cartier jewels (photo: Getty, courtesy of Platinum Guild International)@jckmagazine
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