What To Expect At The 2019 Met Gala
Here's everything you need to know about the 71st annual Met Gala.
It's every fashionista's favourite time of the year, where the who's who of Hollywood hit the red carpet in their most theatrical, OTT getups in celebration of the 71st annual Met Gala in New York City.
Also known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, the lavish affair is a black-tie extravaganza that's held the first Monday in May in order to raise money for the Costume Institute.
This year's event will again be hosted by fashion queen and Vogue’s own Anna Wintour, with the 2019 theme being 'Camp: Notes on Fashion,' a play on American writer Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay 'Notes on Camp.’
"The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration," Sontag wrote in the Partisan Review.
Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, explained his choice for this year's theme in an interview with The New York Times, revealing he had been exploring the idea over the past few years.
"We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalised cultures,” he said. “Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp -- Trump is a very camp figure -- I think it’s very timely.”
Among this year's co-chairs for the star-studded event will include Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and, of course, Anna Wintour.
The 2018 Met Gala theme was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,' which saw celebs such as Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Madonna, the Kar-Jenners, Jared Leto, Lana Del Rey and Cardi B dressed to the nines in extraordinary gowns featuring their own interpretations of the theme.
As for what we can expect from tomorrow's event, check out below -- and don't forget to check in with us from 7 am tomorrow when we bring you all the red carpet ~lewks~, standout moments, and -- of course -- the inevitable memes that will undoubtedly flood the Twittersphere throughout the 2019 Met Gala.
Rihanna will SLAY
Everyone every year from now until forever can go home, cos everyone knows that Queen RiRi is the red carpet MVP when it comes to nailing the Met Gala theme. While there are whispers that the fierce fashionista may not attend this year's event (GOD FORBID!), the singer and makeup mogul is renowned for continually going above and beyond, with last year's exhibition seeing her rock an iconic papal-inspired look. Sac-Rih-ligious!
The Kardardashion-Jenners won't bother sticking to the theme
They're loaded and have access to some of the most influential designers in the world, so it legit baffles us when the KarJenners rock up every year in 'fits that look like they'd be better placed at a dressy dinner party. The whole appeal of watching the Met Gala red carpet arrivals is to suss out the attendees' outrageously fabulous getups, so why not fun with it, we say!
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will make their annual public appearance
It just wouldn't be a Met Gala unless fash queens Mary-Kate and Ashley emerge from their self-imposed exile from the public eye to attend one of the biggest nights on the fashion calendar.
Celebs will break the 'no social media' rule
When you've got the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner in attendance, you can expect some sneaky BTS pics from inside the ultra-exclusive exhibition -- despite there being a ban on mobile phones and social media. While we certainly wouldn't want to get on Anna Wintour's bad side, every year a bunch of celebs throw caution to the wind and inevitably break the rules, mostly for the sake of a yearly star-studded bathroom selfie.
Jaden Smith will do something bizarre
He's known for his quirkiness, so it's no surprise that when it comes to going OTT for the extravagant event, Jaden Smith well and truly takes it on board. Just last year, the rapper brought a framed gold record as his "date," and the year before that he brought a pile of his freshly-cut dreadlocks as some sort of strange avant-garde accessory.
Bold beauty looks
When it comes to the Met Gala red carpet, muted eyeshadows and red lippy just aren't going to cut for celebs hoping to make an impact. Thankfully, some stars take the annual theme very seriously, utilising their makeup to reflect this. Some of our personal favourite looks include Cara Delevingne's fake tattoos at the 2015 event, Lily Collins' goth look last year, Lupita Nyong'o's sky-high hair and Lily Aldrige's gold brows back in 2016.