The Met Gala this year had a pink carpet. Held on Monday, the 6th May, The Costume Institute Gala at New York’s famous Metropolitan Museum of Art boasted many of New York, Hollywood, and beyond’s film, music, art, and socialite elite. The largest fundraiser in the fashion calendar was founded in 1948 by publicist Eleanor Lambert and used only to boast New York’s high society. In more recent years, several famous faces grace the carpet, wearing the most daring looks in fashion. This 2019 exhibition’s theme was Camp: Notes On Fashion. Although last year’s theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination was interpreted along the same lines—lots of crosses, pearl beading, religious iconography and colouring—this theme was more up for interpretation and the looks varied spectacularly. Let’s explore the Met Gala’s ladies’ style icons.

Lady Gaga

Who can talk about this year’s Met Gala without discussing Lady Gaga’s parachute-style hot pink dress designed by Brandon Maxwell, her former stylist. The dress then transformed to reveal a black gown with an asymmetrical bustle with umbrella accessory. Then the look transformed again to a hot pink sleek slip dress and finally a lingerie look complete with a black sparkly bra, matching knickers, and black tights—with high heeled black boots. The layers were removed as a performance piece with dancers.

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Cardi B

It took five men to hold the hem of Cadi B’s dramatic look. She wore a Thom Browne oxblood red tulle and silk organza gown with a ten-foot train, hand-embroidered bugle beads and 30,000 burned and dyed feathers. The bodice of her dress featured 44-carat rubies and she wore pebbled leather platform shoes, and topped the look off with a crystal-encrusted headpiece by milliner Stephen Jones.

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Cara Delevingne

Supermodel Cara Delevingne wore a pride-inspired see-through ensemble with a fruit-basket headdress by machine Dazzle that also contained fake bananas, a fried egg, and chattering teeth. She accessorised with a rainbow-striped cane. The see-through jumpsuit was structured at the shoulders and nipped at the waist. She wore matching tights and rainbow platform shoes.

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Saoirse Ronan

Wearing a dragon-queen Gucci custom-made red sequin gown with puffed sleeves, actress Saoirse Ronan’s look stunned the crowd. The shoulder embellishment featured green and white detail that met at the collarbone leading to dragon embroidery down the dress. She wore gold leather platform heels and lion-head earrings. Her makeup was dramatic, but not overly done. The sequins in her bodice varied with green, gold, and grey in the top portion of the dress and large gold and black sequins to resemble dragon scales down the sides. The sleeves had a slight ruffle at the end.

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Everyone’s talking about Zendaya’s Cinderella transformation. The look was created by Tommy Hilfiger with grey silk that lit up to reveal a sky-blue fairy-tale colour. She wore clear high-heels to channel the glass slippers. Stylist Law Roach activated the lights on the red carpet with a wand-waving performance. The bodice met in the middle (almost looking like two pieces) and she matched the 1950s cartoon almost exactly down to the puffed sleeves, blue Alice band, and black ribbon necklace. She even had an embellished ‘carriage’ handbag.

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Which of these show-stopping gowns did you like best?

These gowns definitely impressed with their attention to detail and their wow-factor. Let us know in the comments if you’d wear any of these looks.

If embellished gowns aren’t quite the look you’re going for, though, for your latest event, take a look at our women’s tailoring. If you want a special, custom-made look for your latest soiree, the office, or a summer event, contact our tailoring team today. Make sure you’re the most stylish woman in the room. Tailored looks are everywhere for women (and men) this season. Why not be bold with an all-white suit or feminine with a pink one—or even more traditional with navy, grey, or blue!

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Elaine Frieman

Elaine Frieman

Writer and editor from both sides of the pond with a Master's degree in British Victorian Literature and a love of fashion. Elaine Frieman is a dual British and American citizen (with a generic American accent); she has a love of people, travel, reading, writing, food, ballet, theatre, and cultures. And who doesn't love a good suit? She spent her childhood near the rolling green Pennines in the North of England; then she relocated to sunny palm-tree-laden Florida and moved further north to the deep-South Bible belt of Georgia. She currently lives in Todmorden, England with her boyfriend Michael, after having lived in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany, and in Oldham, England. No plans to relocate any time soon.