Style Inspiration: Met Gala 2019

This year the Met’s costume exhibition was “Camp: Notes on Fashion," inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, which defines camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration."

Not only were we dazzled by the theatrical, creative outfits worn by many of the famous faces on the pink carpet but we were head over heels with the incredible giant flamingo interior centrepiece and the lavish table settings inside…

Photo: Corey Tenold

Photo: Corey Tenold

Every year, Raul Àvila (the event planner) and his team erect a show-stopping floral centerpiece in the Metropolitan Museum’s Great Hall—the unofficial, and grand, welcome to the Met Gala. This year was no different with Àvila drawing inspiration from Schiaparelli Couture’s fall 2018 flamingo-patterned cape, as well as the 1972 dark comedy, Pink Flamingos- a cult classic for its bizarre, bold plot.

The flock (also called a"flamboyant") of flamingos adorned the Great Hall in all it’s powder pink gloy, standing beautifully against the historical architecture.

“This was our opportunity to take the unexpected and turn it into a theatrical and transcending moment for the industry.” Raul Àvila

Photographed by Corey Tenold

Photographed by Corey Tenold

Event designer Raul Àvila, puts it this way: “Camp is all about the exaggeration.” So, when it came to table settings, sterling silver forks and white linen napkins were out. In was bamboo flatware, feather lampshades, floral Lenox plates, flamingo embroidered napkins, and shocking pink tablecloths. “The inspiration is a reflection of my Latin roots and the unique floral and fauna,” Àvila tells Vogue.

“There was no room for simplicity, even when it came to the table setting.” Raul Àvila.

Our personal favourite looks from the wonderfully eccentric pink carpet:

CELINE DION

Wearing Oscar de la Renta; a glimmering gown inspired by the glitzy costumes of the Ziegfeld Follies. The entire ensemble is constructed from 18 panels, hand-beaded by 52 master embroiderers over a total of 3,000 hours and weighs over 22 pounds.

KYLIE & KENDALL JENNER

Wearing Versace; A cross between Vegas showgirls, Lil Kim, and a beautiful pair of feathered birds in lilac and tangerine.

LADY GAGA

Wearing Brandon Maxwell; Not 1 look but 4! A giant pink gown with a doll-like bow, a black strapless gown, a pink slip dress with giant cell phone, and finally, some very chic lingerie with sparkly tights.

LAVERNE COX

Wearing Christian Siriano; Laverne worked together with Siriano and was inspired by the fabulously-theatrical runway shows John Galliano created while at Christian Dior in the 1990s. To bring her vision to life, Siriano crafted the architectural dress out of silk organza, metallic brocade, and Swarovski crystals. He made use of more than 200 ruffles that were hand-stitched onto the form.

FLORENCE WELCH

Wearing Gucci; A fantasy dream with sculptural cape and a unicorn inspired colour palette.

BILLY PORTER

Wearing The Blonds; Inspired by Elizabeth Taylor's turn at Cleopatra, Porter arrived shortly after Gaga carried by broadway actors, the Pose star hopped off of his bed and showed off a beautiful bird-like look.

Bring on 2020…