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Met Gala 2019: Celebrities that took the 'camp' theme very literally

Who was a little more 'camping' than 'camp' at fashion's biggest event?

Camp or camping? On Twitter, Frank Ocean was given a hard time for his distinctly un-flamboyant Met Gala look. AFP 
Camp or camping? On Twitter, Frank Ocean was given a hard time for his distinctly un-flamboyant Met Gala look. AFP 

There is no doubt that Katy Perry, Harry Styles and Lady Gaga brought flamboyance to the 2019 Met Gala, in line with its theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion.

But it seems that the word "camp" may have confused a star or two, who looked dressed more for a forest adventure than an evening fund-raising for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

It's important to note that I have spent exactly zero nights of my life sleeping in the great outdoors, so my interpretation of camping equipment may be way off ... but here I round up the stars who may have missed the point.

Frank Ocean

It may be Prada, but that, Frank, is a windbreaker and much more suited to a day in the great outdoors than for the Super Bowl of fashion. Easy mistake.

US singer-songwriter Frank Ocean arrives for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala's 2019 theme is “Camp: Notes on Fashion" inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp". / AFP / ANGELA WEISS
Frank Ocean arrives for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. AFP

Lady Gaga

There is no doubt that Gaga is flamboyant: she is, after all, the Queen of Camp. But Stefani Germanotta is also dressed as an actual tent – a family of four could comfortably camp out in that thing. The umbrellas are simply sensible packing for unpredictable weather conditions.

One of Lady Gaga's three looks at this year's Met Gala, where the theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion. Reuters
Lady Gaga arrives for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. Reuters

Cardi B

She may have made like Rihanna with her giant train on the steps, but what is it her dress is made of? That looks an awful lot like a camper's best friend, the humble sleeping bag, to me.

epa07552618 Cardi B arrives on the red carpet for the 2019 Met Gala, the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, in New York, New York, USA, 06 May 2019. The event coincides with the Met Costume Institute's new spring 2019 exhibition, 'Camp: Notes on Fashion', which runs from 09 May until 08 September 2019. EPA/JUSTIN LANE
Cardi B arrives for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. EPA

Kim Kardashian

Perhaps not dressed for the actual great outdoors, but Kim Kardashian does seem to be soaked through after being caught unawares in a rainstorm. A classic camping mistake.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the Met Gala on May 6. Reuters  
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the Met Gala 2019. REUTERS

Amber Valletta

Model, Amber Valletta, came as an actual bush...

Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Met Gala - Camp: Notes on Fashion - Arrivals - New York City, U.S. - May 6, 2019 - Amber Valletta. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Amber Valletta arrives for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. Reuters

Katy Perry

Do people eat burgers around the campfire? I imagine they probably do. After changing out of her chandelier-inspired outfit, Perry donned a hyper-realistic burger suit.

Katy Perry changed into a Mochino burger suit later in the night. Instagram / Rita Ora 
Katy Perry changed into a Moschino burger suit later in the night. Instagram / Rita Ora

Karlie Kloss

It looks as though the model is wearing a giant Graham cracker, the foundation of campfire staple, s'mores.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Met Gala - Camp: Notes on Fashion- Arrivals - New York City, U.S. – May 6, 2019 - Karlie Kloss. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Karlie Kloss arrives for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. Reuters

Celine Dion

Face of camp, Celine Dion, originally read the invite as an evening of s'mores and tent pegs.

"At first I was a little bit confused when I heard 'camp,'" Dion told E! News. "I thought it meant 'camping'. We're going camping! We're going to be at the Met and everyone is going to stay and sleep all night together. But, no."

In the end, however, she nailed the flamboyant camp theme with ease.

epa07552280 Celine Dion arrives on the red carpet for the 2019 Met Gala, the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, in New York, New York, USA, 06 May 2019. The event coincides with the Met Costume Institute's new spring 2019 exhibition, 'Camp: Notes on Fashion', which runs from 09 May until 08 September 2019. EPA/JUSTIN LANE
Celine Dion arrives for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. EPA

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Updated: May 7, 2019 12:38 PM

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