Met Gala 2019
While most of us have a serious case of #TheMondays, entertainment and fashion’s elite are decked out to the nines for the 2019 Met Gala (formally known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit). Every year the Upper East side in New York City closes down Fifth Avenue to roll out the pink carpet at the Met for the gala, which is a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute. The Vogue editor-in-chief of has served as a trustee for the museum since 1999 and has helped the Institute raise millions of dollars. The space was even renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center in 2014, after a two year renovation.
The Gala also sports a theme reflective of the exhibit that opens to the public just days after the benefit (May 9th for this year) as well as a changing roster of co-hosts. The 2019 exhibit/theme is “Camp: Notes on Fashion”. Camp favors a constructed aesthetic not found in nature, something that can be punchy or satirical in terms of societal norms. Camp can be flamboyant, androgynous, or any definition of an artistic construct.
The event is invitation only, has a heady waitlist, and individual tickets go for $30,000 (with a table going for $125K). Since the event is completely sponsored so all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the Costume Institute. The closest that most of us will get to the Met Gala was watching Ocean’s 8 on a consistent loop. Don’t let that stop you from dreaming big and aiming high, though. Maybe one day we’ll be choosing you (or your work) as one of our top looks for the night.
Susan Sontag said it best in her essay, Notes on Camp, when she attributed camp as being, “the hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.” The primary driver of camp, however, is the dedication to it; extravagance without consistency is not camp. This explains why the co-hosts for this year’s Gala are and co-hosting are Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele (creative director of Gucci), and Harry Styles. One can’t imagine a group of individuals more likely to subvert the norm and create magic.
This also explains why there were so many feathers on the pink carpet.
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Products with an asterisk (*) were the actual products used by the artists for the event.
The Makeup: Quinn Murphy
The Hair: Bryce Scarlett
The Ensemble: Richard Quinn
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The Makeup: Alexx Mayo
The Hair: Shelby Swain
The Dress: Marc Jacobs
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The Makeup: Monika Blunder
The Hair: Owen Gould
The Headpiece: Raven Kauffman
The Dress: Tom Ford
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The Makeup: Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury
The Hair: Bobby Eliot
The Dress: Zac Posen
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