The Met Gala, an annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is considered to be one of the world's biggest fashion events. It has the most exclusive guest list, and is known for its expensive tickets and its extravagant outfits, based on a different theme each year.
This year, that theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion. This coincides with an upcoming exhibition at the Met, inspired by an essay called Notes on Camp by US writer and political activist Susan Sontag in 1964.
As world’s biggest celebrities made dramatic entries at the Met Gala, along with gorgeous women, it was the men too who stole the show, blurring lines of gender and spelling flamboyance all over. One of those who made a special entry was Harry Styles.
Harry combined typical masculine and feminine traits with a tailored silhouette and translucent fabric and a pearl earring all from Gucci. Many gasps were drawn looking at his unique yet enchanting look accessorized with a single bee earring with cream drop pearl, nail paint and tattoos.
Styles went for unabashed allure in a custom Gucci black organza shirt with a courtly black lace and organza jabot paired with high waisted black wool mohair trousers, black patent-leather boots. Rings glittered from nearly every finger of his in a dazzle of gold, rubies, blue topaz, pearls, amethyst and diamonds.
The 25-year-old is now a style icon as he not only co-chaired the Met Gala 2019 shared by the likes of Lady Gaga and Serena Williams, but also blurred gender stereotypes with sheer tops “he came to say f**k masculinity” said Twitterati.
Another man to make a statement was actor Michael Urie who showed up a custom Christian Siriano creation. He walked the gender divide in a half-male and half-female mashup that fused together a metallic pinstripe suit and cascading pink tulle gown.
Ezra Miller was also not far behind as he also worked on a gender-bender in a Burberry pinstripe suit that was half-skirt suit, half-trousers and finished off with a corset-like waist cage. But what stood out the most in his outfit was a surrealist face with multiple eyes, giving him a rather meta look.
This year’s Met gala is themed on Notes on Camp, published in 1964 in the Partisan Review, a legendary literary and political quarterly, the essay made Susan Sontag famous. Camp can be defined is an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value. Camp style willfully over-emphasizes certain elements of the genre or theme, creating an almost self-satirical milieu. Being ‘Campy’ refers to intentionally exaggerated thematic or genre elements, especially in television and motion picture mediums.