I was a huge One Direction fan throughout my teens and even past them. Actually, who am I kidding? I still listen to One Direction; I am not sorry for this. So you could imagine my excitement when I found out that the cool and fashion-forward Harry Styles will be co-hosting the 2019 Met Gala. With who, you ask? The fashion and music icon herself, Lady Gaga. Yes, I know, what a duo, but wait until you hear the theme.
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Next year’s Met Gala will be sure to bring on insane ensembles. According to Harper’s Bazaar, “Camp: Notes on Fashion” will focus on a variety of exaggerated fashion and trends. Andrew Bolton, Costume Institute curator, told the Times what we could expect.
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… Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp.
So how are our two favorite idols preparing for hosting one of fashion’s biggest events? Harry Styles has begun brushing up on his literature of course. During his time in One Direction he could always be spotted carrying around some kind of book or his worn leather journal. This time he’s been spotted heading to a recording studio in LA on October 17th. Susan Sontag’s Against Interpretation: And Other Essays was her first major work. The author, filmmaker, activist, and philosopher is known for her intellectual views and research. The work Styles carried with him single-handedly decoded and broke down the cultural meanings of what “camp” truly means. Rather than something negative, Sontag declared the evolution of camp as something more distinct and aesthetic than negative and overdone.
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I do love a man who reads and I also love Harry Styles; this all works out. I can’t wait to see what other forms of literature and culture enter the famous Gala.
The Met Gala is always my eyes’ favorite night of the year, as the rich and beautiful (women at least, men in tuxes—what you doing?) pull out all the stops to honor whatever the years’ theme is, to absolutely mind-bogglingly beautiful results. This years’ theme—Heavenly Bodies—yielded some unsurprisingly spectacular ensembles, reminiscent of many amazing fictional characters; the red carpet looked like an amalgamation of the potential casts of many, many wonderful movie adaptations. So I’ve chosen five of my favorite looks, and picked literary characters who would definitely go in for get ups like these!
1. Ensemble: Sarah Jessica Parker.
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SJP absolutely kills it at the Met Gala each and every year. Her costumes (they are so much more than just outfits) are often pretty divisive, as they are frequently just so much to handle that spectators are overwhelmed and categorically reject the lengths to which she has gone. However, I absolutely love her genuinely insane get ups and she never lets me down.
Character Who Would Dig It: The Queen from Snow White.
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This year, her outfit was extremely reminiscent of something the Queen from Snow White might don: intimidating, elaborate, dripping in gold, the very definition of opulent. Tell me a sentient mirror didn’t validate this look before she stepped onto the red carpet…
2. Ensemble: Rihanna.
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This Pope-inspired work of art is as fabulous as we’ve come to expect from the woman who can do absolutely no wrong whatsoever at all. And she knows it. The detail of each piece is so astonishing and the Mitre-like headdress should make its way into its own exhibit at the Met. I’m so sold on this.
Character Who Would Dig It: Cersei Lannister
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Cersei loves a bit of power, and being worshipped to an almost religious degree would suit her down to the ground. While Catholicism may not exist in Westeros, Cersei would definitely rock this get up on the Iron Throne.
3. Ensemble: Emilia Clarke
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Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke absolutely killed it in this beautiful cherub encrusted gown, paired with stunning earrings and delicate tiara. The OTT blush and red lips make her look like a fierce fairytale princess.
Character Who Would Dig It: Princess Buttercup
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The titular character from William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, though a woman of simple tastes, would absolutely rock Emilia’s royal attire. In fact, while she’s wearing something pretty close in this picture, I think Emilia’s black and gold dress would imbue her with power that she lacks while playing the role of kidnapped princess in to the repulsive Prince Humbert..
4. Ensemble: Kim Kardashian
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Kim has been (unfairly in my opinion) accused of ignoring the theme with this figure hugging golden number, but I’m seeing a heavenly body as well as religious iconography emblazened on the dress so where is the problem? I cannot find it?
Character Who Would Dig It: Princess Jasmine
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Kim’s already sporting the same up-do as Jasmine (albeit when Jasmine is using her womanly wiles to trick and defeat Jafar) and the slinky fit of the dress would suit Princess J down to the ground.
5. Ensembles: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
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Powerful gremlin queens the Olsen twins always look exquisite, albeit otherworldly (or underworldly) and this year is no exception. Mary-Kate’s beautifully detailed neckline contrasts with Ashley’s wonderous cape thing.
Character Who Would Dig It: Eowyn
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Eowyn, a noblewoman of Rohan in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, would rock either of these ensembles, especially Ashley’s, which calls to mind the flag of Rohan with its coloring. Eowyn and the Olsens also have very similar hair, and are badass icons.