With the 2020 Met Gala not going ahead this year (what with us all social distancing, self-isolating and all that), actor and fashion legend Billy Porter has suggested a new theme for this year’s show.
And, considering last year when he came out as a Pharaoh draped in gold and literally carried into the damn venue, I can’t think of anyone else to make it so.
The queer fashion king and performer wants this year’s Met Gala to be an homage to all of our favourite looks from the event.
And, the best bit? He’s inviting you and me to join in on the fun.
The Met Gala Challenge
The Met Gala Challenge is a new fashion challenge on Instagram, where fans of some of the most iconic looks from the show will be able to recreate them and post their pics using the hashtag #MetGalaChallenge before the 3rd May, and, potentially, become a literal fashion model.
“The time has come for the challenge to end aaall fashion challenges,” the Pose star said in the Instagram video announcing the news. “Pick an iconic Met Gala look from years past and recreate it in your home.”
“It can be Rihanna, it can be Gaga, it can be… me! But, you best be creative. You might just find yourself in Vogue darlinggg.”
And, ngl, some people have been pretty creative already and the competition only just began.
And, Bcuz I Can’t Sew, Here’s 10 Met Gala Looks I Think About At Least Once A Day
In 2018, the Met Gala theme was Heavenly Bodies. So, Fenty queen Rihanna graced us with a Masion Margiela look that had us all converting to a new religion.
Dripping in a creme pearl embezzled pope cap, cape and skirt, Pope Riri looked nothing short of a God or heir to an opulent royal throne. Srsly, bow down to my queen.
Mesh-wearing Genderfluid King, Harry Styles
FYI, we love Harry Styles here. So, not only do we mention his exquisite taste in fashion and Tiny Desk performance at least five times a day in our Syrup slack channel, but we constantly think about that genderfluid Gucci outfit he wore last year.
2019’s Met Gala theme was Camp: Notes On Fashion, and Mr. Styles served us the ultimate note on camp with a femme-inspired fashion fantasy.. Here he is dressed in sheer black sleeves with frilly Victorian cuffs,, near chest-length high pants, a nice pearl teardrop earring and midnight black nail polish.
Zendaya as Cinderella at the Met Gala
In that same year, Zendaya became a literal Disney princess.
With the help of designer Tommy Hilfinger, hairstylist Ursula Stephen and her beloved stylist Law Roach (who followed her around the show as her irl Fairy Godmother), Zendaya waltzed around the red carpet in a whimsical soft blue ball gown with puff sleeves, equipped with a cute little carriage-themed purse, iconic silver headband and bob hairdo.
Then, through the magic of Disney and Zendaya’s pure raw magical power, she began glowing.
And, honestly, it’s still mesmerizing af. Forget Ariana Grande as Meg in a live-action Hercules, Zendaya is a bonafide irl Disney princess come to life.
Florence Welsh Looking Like A Dragonic Empress
Florence of Florence + The Machine fame’s embellished cape over a seafoam green and lilac tulle dress. That’s it, that’s the tweet.
For real, the way the shoulders come out they look like dragon scales. She’s poised like a Welsh empress, equipped with signet rings et all. And, with the added seafoam green, she looks like she just emerged from her beautiful dragon fantasy land only to return to the human world to attend what these humans call a ball (but she calls a royal service).
It’s just… a really good look, okay.
Ezra Miller’s Multi-Dimensional Alien Fantasy
Sooo, full disclosure here, we’re including this as a nod to the time before Ezra Miller was inexplicably filmed choking a fan in Reykjavik, Iceland (he’s still not commented on the incident). Y’know, when we knew him as a genderfluid queer icon and not a complicated and kinda problematic fave.
At the 2019 Met Gala, Miller donned an out-of-this-world alien inspired ensemble that screamed aristocratic prince from a faraway galactic empire. The half-dress-half-trousers fucks with the gender, the quasi-alien-eye makeup is pure magic and reminiscent of camp visual effects and the human mask implies an aura of secrecy and hidden identity.
Charli XCX’s Neon Curtain Dress With Highlighter Purple Streaks & Eyeshadow
Need I say anything other than this look is giving me pure electro-pop PC music fantasy.
Frank Ocean’s Suit & Hoodie Combo…This Ain’t It Chief
Whenever I look back on the insanely complex, articulate and conceptual fits from the Met Gala, I also have to think about my boy, Frankie boy, and his Prada suit and hoodie combo.
Still to this day it makes him look like a security guard at the function rather than the face of the actual ball. Sure it looks tight, clean and polished af, but to me, it doesn’t scream camp.
Lady Gaga’s Four Part Outfit In 2019
In 2019, Chromatica singer Lady Gaga defined the Met Gala and old Hollywood camp couture, when she literally performed her outfit changes on the red carpet.
Beginning with a gorgeous hot pink gown with puff sleeves, a ridiculously over the top long trail and giant ribbon headpiece, she then threw it all off to reveal a black slim fitted corset dress on top that extends into a hoop skirt with an oversized black umbrella. Then, she revealed another hot pink Barbie doll fantasy and underneath that a glittery black lingerie set with matching glittery chunky knee high heel boots and stockings.
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BEST DRESSED WOMAN👑 As voted by YOU! Lady Gaga really showed us how it is done! The #MetGala co-host and #QueenofCamp dazzled in a massive hot pink Brandon Maxwell gown, complete with a cascading train and a giant matching bow on her head. But that's not all: she then proceeded to out-camp herself with FOUR live outfit changes. #bestdressed #metgala #ladygaga
With added props for each outfit, Gaga turned the Met Gala into her own one woman show, and I was and still am very here for it.
I mean, I even made a meme of it last year.
Jared Leto With The Head Of Jared Letto
It’s 2am and I awake from a terrifying dream. I’m being chased in a hedge maze by a mysterious individual. They’re dressed in what I gather from the corner of my eye is a flowing red silk dress and shimmering ornaments of silver sparkling jewelry. I take a left turn and see the end of the maze in sight, running faster than before. As I approach it, I come across a stone pedestal and something on it. Getting closer I see it. The lifeless head of a one Jared Letto.
I can’t explain where this dream came from or what it all means but it all started after Jared Letto’s 2019 Met Gala look.