For celebrities, the annual Met Gala is a chance to show the world how famous, fashionable and flamboyant you are.
It is known for its exclusive guest list, its expensive tickets and – most of all – its extravagant outfits, based on a different theme each year. This year, that theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion – to coincide with an upcoming exhibition at the Met, inspired by US writer and political activist Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp. Some celebrities totally nailed it – Lady Gaga had four outfit changes and Katy Perry was dressed as a chandelier. But others failed to get the memo – particularly Frank Ocean, who was ripped online for looking more like a security guard in a plain black outfit. The outfits this year were therefore, like the exhibition, based on “irony, humour, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration”.
Katy Perry turned up ready for a power cut
Singer Lady Gaga, who arrived in a billowing pink outfit which was not quite what it seemed at first glance.
Serena Williams, who is also co-hosting, arrived in a neon yellow gown – with matching Nike trainers
Singer Janelle Monae turned heads in a gown complete with a blinking eye
Actor Michael Urie has gone for two looks in one
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who are said to have first met at the Met Gala in 2017
Cardi B needed some help