Following in the footsteps of last year’s Met Gala theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination,” this year’s attendees were encouraged to go to exaggerated, over-the-top lengths to comply with the 2019 theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” In 1964, Susan Sontag defined camp as an aesthetic “sensibility” that is plain to see but hard to explain: an intentional over-the-top-ness, a slightly (or extremely) “off” quality, bad taste as a vehicle for good art. The love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration. Here’s a look at attendees who took their hair and makeup “over-the-top-ness” to the next level.
The Higher the Hair, The Closer to God
Dua Lipa was almost unrecognizable with her ‘60s-inspired with a voluminous hairstyle, which was embellished by small flower clips and was glammed up with an extreme cateye and extra long lashes.
At one point in time Priscilla Presley said she wanted to relive her wedding to Elvis. Thanks to Lily Collins’s look, we got an idea of what a modern redo of Priscilla’s big day might look like with the big hair and adornments.
Everyone can go home- Ciara’s hair wins. Ciara shut down the red carpet with her killer ultra-voluminous afro that gave me major Diana Ross vibes.
Lupita Nyong’o’s towering afro paid homage to black culture according to her hairstylist Vernon Francois, “Our goal was to demonstrate the power, malleability, and luxuriousness of natural hair texture.” Inspired by Lauren Kelley’s self-portrait “Pickin’” (2007), which finds the artist wearing a crown of hair picks, Francois sourced a set of combs topped off with “Fight the Power” raised fists, and spray-painted them gold.
More is More
Disco hair, a floppy bow, faux freckles, and candy-colored makeup? This is campy beauty in its prettiest, most feminine form for Hailee Steinfeld.
Ashley Graham brought a major dose of glitz and glamor when she walked the carpet in head-to-toe Gucci. Her sleek ponytail featured flashy Gucci hair clips and bedazzled barrettes, which proves that hair accessories are clearly having a moment.
If you thought Billy Porter couldn’t top his transcendent Oscars tuxedo gown, THINK AGAIN. His “Sun God” ensemble, by The Blonds, included a bejeweled catsuit outfitted with 10-foot wings and a 24-karat gold headpiece. I, too, now require to be carried everywhere by six shirtless men.
Gemma Chan’s dramatic headdress harked back to Elizabeth Taylor’s famous number from the 1968 film Boom! That oozed regal. Bow down to the queen!
Sophie Turner’s hair stylist Christian Wood said, “The inspiration came from one of the [Dark Phoenix] images where her hair is kind of set of fire.” The element of fire and incorporating it into her look with diamonds and glitter and blue eyeshadow struck me as a major GoT fan.
Gigi Hadid’s spidery white eyelashes were the definition of dramatic and campy along with a matching headpiece.
Priyanka Chopra reminded me of Gilda Good Witch with stunning hair, silver-frosted brows and lashes and raspberry eyeshadow and lips.
The Belles of The Ball
The belle of the ball herself, Lady Gaga wore a dozen tiny hair bows secured across the crown of her short, blunt bob, plus ultra-long golden eyelashes, Cleopatra-esque eyeliner, and Schiaparelli-pink lipstick. She also had FOUR outfit changes on the carpet, need I say more?
Back off, Rapunzel, Tessa Thompson did not come to play! Thompson carried a whip in one hand- and swung around her jet-black latex-wrapped braid in the other. It clocked in at over 12-feet long and weighed at least a couple of pounds.
All eyes were on actor/singer Ezra Miller, pun intended. The multiple sets of eyes on his face was both headache-inducing and wonderful. Does this look remind anyone else of a particular Jenna Marbles’ video that I thought was a fever dream?
Darren Criss rocked some heavy blue eye makeup and also painted his nails blue that paired well with his bedazzled jacket, which was a pleasant change from the all-black suit usually seen on guys at the Met Gala.