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Top 10 Best Met Gala 2019 Looks

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
The theme of this year's Met Gala was Camp, and the celebs brought their A game. Gaga stole the show with her custom made pink Brandon Maxwell gown, Katy Perry showed up in a lavish and theatrical Chandelier outfit, Billy Porter pulled up on a throne, Serena Williams sported matching neon Nike sneakers and Celine Dion brought the glitz to the red carpet!

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Top 10 Best Met Gala Looks (2019)

Who says that camp and class can’t go hand in hand? Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Met Gala Looks (2019).

For this list, we’re taking a look at the most stylish, memorable, and unique looks at the 2019 Met Gala, which based this year’s theme on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, “Notes on ‘Camp’.”

#10: Laverne Cox

Just as she regularly brings out the beauty in a prison jumpsuit, Laverne Cox found the glamor in camp at her first Met Gala. Setting a tone for the night, the “Orange Is the New Black” actress stormed her way onto the red carpet in a gown that proved equally stunning and theatrical. Cox wrapped herself in a black Christian Siriano dress decorated in ravishing ruffles. She topped the look off with a turquoise hairdo, bright makeup and a headpiece that blended right in with her lavish shoulder pieces. The dress was reportedly “inspired by fantasy” and we could definitely see the most elegant of Disney villainesses rocking such a wickedly awesome ensemble.

#9: Madelaine Petsch

Speaking of fantasy, Madelaine Petsch looked like a maiden from a mystical land in her dress. On “Riverdale,” she usually decorates herself in flaring red outfits as Cheryl Blossom. At this year’s Met Gala, though, the actress took a lighter approach in this wondrous ensemble. The sheer gown came complete with puffy, wing-like sleeves, giving her the angelic glow of a fairy or pixie. The outfit also had a snow queen quality to it with light blue fabric clashing against Petsch’s naturally fair skin. Although the dress is a far cry from what her “Riverdale” character wears, Cheryl’s feisty spirit still shines through thanks to Petsch’s signature blazing hair. The result is a pitch perfect fusion of fire and ice.

#8: Saoirse Ronan

With three Oscar nominations under her belt, Saoirse Ronan has phenomenal range as an actress, and this multi-colored Gucci dress shows her range on the red carpet. On one hand, Ronan looked ready for her close-up in gleaming red, blue, and green sequins. At the same time, the 25-year-old star looked ready to take on an army with gold shoulder pads modeled after armor. Crawling up her arms and around her chest, these gold accessories resembled a pair of dragons draped in flames, giving off serious Daenerys Targaryen vibes. Ronan is the epitope of powerful in this outfit, commanding every room she enters and every carpet she walks across.

#7: Celine Dion

The inimitable Celine Dion is one of the hottest acts ever to grace Las Vegas and she certainly brought the glitz of Sin City to the Met Gala. If you crossed a showgirl costume with a dandelion, you’d get something along the lines of this bold look. The Canadian singer sported an Oscar de la Renta bodysuit with fringe stretching down to the floor. Of course, the silver outfit is an afterthought when stacked up against her extravagant headpiece, which is decked with peacock feathers. According to de la Renta, Dion’s ensemble was “hand-beaded by 52 master embroiderers over a total of 3,000 hours and weighs over 22 pounds.” Dion couldn’t be more in love with this outfit, saying, she’s “never going to take it off.”

#6: Awkwafina

Last year, Awkwafina played a hustler who teams up with several others to rob the Met Gala in “Ocean’s 8.” This year, however, the rapper turned actress attended the gala as a guest and she went all out for the occasion. Showcasing ruffled sleeves, Awkwafina blossomed like a golden flower in this Joseph Altuzarra gown, accompanied by the designer himself. Combined with matching gold eye makeup and metallic boots, she could easily be mistaken for a life-sized trophy. Awkwafina rounded out her look with cascading earrings and striking red lipstick. It’s definitely an outfit we could see somebody wearing to one of the lavish gatherings in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

#5: Darren Criss

At the 2019 Met Gala, Criss forever left his mark on the fashion industry with this dramatic Balmain ensemble. The Primetime Emmy-winning actor matched his finger nails with blue eyeliner while a dark red line ran down his lower lip. Criss’ jacket boasted an assortment of colors and a checkered pattern, popping with personality at the paparazzi. His eccentric look was a clear nod the trickster Harlequin from Commedia dell’arte. Seeing how Criss was a theatre connoisseur long before landing his breakout role on “Glee,” it makes sense that his outfit would pay homage to the arts.

#4: Serena Williams

We’re used to seeing Serena Williams in a straight-forward tennis outfit with a Nike logo. This made it all the more jarring when she arrived at the Met Gala in a highlighter yellow Versace dress with accentuated shoulders. The gown was decorated with pieces of fabric, making Williams look as if she was a tree lush with leaves. Not straying too far away from her brand image, though, Williams still wore a pair of matching neon Nike sneakers. Williams’ footwear significantly added to the outfit’s camp value, being simultaneously luxurious and casual. It also further demonstrates that Williams can rock the red carpet just like she owns the tennis court.

#3: Billy Porter

Some celebrities simply pull up to the red carpet in a limousine. Golden Globe nominee Billy Porter, on the other hand, made an entrance that puts all others to shame. The “Pose” actor was escorted in atop a throne carried by six topless men, Cleopatra style. His outfit was heavily influenced by Ancient Egypt as well, sporting a glittery one-piece, wings that extended ten feet in length, and a 24-karat gold crown. He also reportedly drew inspiration from Diana Ross in the 1975 film “Mahogany.” Porter looked as regal as a pharaoh and as magnificent as Ra the Egyptian sun deity. Above all else, his outfit proved that camp is something to be treasured.

#2: Katy Perry

(Xref) Not many people would show up to the Met Gala with a replica of their own head like Jared Leto did. Even fewer would attend the event in a sparkling chandelier dress that actually lights up. Pop singer Katy Perry is perhaps the only person who could pull off such an ambitious look. Designer Jeremy Scott of Moschino brought this jaw-dropping creation into fruition with 2 hidden battery packs, 18 steel bones, and thousands of Swarovski crystals. It was a risky venture to say the least, but Perry lit up the night in more ways than one. And talk about spectrum; Perry went to the afterparty as a full-on hamburger.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
Constance Wu
Emily Blunt
Tom Ford & Gemma Chan
Kylie & Kendall Jenner

#1: Lady Gaga

It’s only fitting that one of this year’s hosts would also be the most eccentrically dressed person in attendance. The gala’s camp theme was tailor-made for Lady Gaga, who never fails to find the perfect balance of dazzling and over-the-top. The Oscar-winning musical sensation didn’t limit herself to just one outfit, arriving at the event engulfed in a hot pink cape gown designed by Brandon Maxwell. Gaga proceeded to shed her elaborate train and bow, revealing a strapless black dress underneath. She wasn’t done yet, removing this outfit to expose a slender pink dress with an old-school cell phone. As a grand finale, Gaga stripped all the way down to her shimmering lingerie. Dawning four layers of clothing, this is exactly why no celebrity excites the fashion world like Gaga.

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