The red carpet was swapped for a sugary pink walkway at this year's Met Gala Ball, the Oscars of the fashion world. In celebration of the theme, 'Camp: Notes on Fashion', A-listers arrived at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art draped in extravagant style ranging from eye poppingly playful to drop dead glamorous.
The theme "Camp: Notes on Fashion," is based on Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp.'" In Sontag's essay, she provides 58 definitions for camp. Among them is "The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers." So the Kardashian sisters def got that memo.
It was all a bit high-low. High art clashing with pop culture. It was about going over the top just enough to make a statement and look cool, but not so over the top that you've jumped into the kitschy category. Hamburger dress, anyone?
Gemma Chan's shimmering Tom Ford chainmail caped gown was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor in 1968 thriller, Boom, while Saoirse Ronan's striking dragon and flame embellished Gucci gown channelled Game of Thrones. Cara Delevingne's rainbow-striped Dior ensemble and custom-made headpiece reflected her theory that 'camp is an expression of your most outrageous'... a theory we can't argue with!
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