The best dressed at the 2019 Met Gala

The 2019 Met Gala took place on May 6, 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and your favorite stars once again proved they love a good theme. For this year's event, the theme was entitled, "Camp: Notes on Fashion." If you were confused as to what that even meant, don't worry — you're in good company. Even superstar Celine Dion was perplexed by the theme's vagueness. "At first I was a little bit confused when I heard 'Camp.' I thought it meant 'camping,'" the iconic songstress told E! News. "[I thought] 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."

According to Andrew Bolton (via Vogue), the 2019 Met Gala theme was based on Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, "Notes on 'Camp,'" which framed "camp" as being "[the] love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration [...] style at the expense of content."

Essentially, "camp" means "drama," and these celebs certainly delivered with their extravagant ensembles. Here's a look at some of the best dressed stars from the 2019 Met Gala. 

Cardi B

Cardi B has never been one to shy away from making headlines, and the 2019 Met Gala was definitely no exception. The "I Like It" rapper arrived to the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing a deep red, Thom Browne gown made from silk organza, tulle, and filled with down. Featuring a massive 10-foot train, Cardi's gown required multiple hands to hold. As Variety tweeted about the gown, "If you need five people to carry your train, you're probably doing the #MetGala right."

Cardi's dramatic dress was embellished with 30,000 feathers, as well as 44 carats-worth of rubies that were strategically placed over her breasts. The cherry on top of the star's "campy" look was the custom-made, crystal-encrusted, Stephen Jones headpiece she wore which perfectly complemented her show-stopping ensemble.

According to Vogue, Browne designed the dress using the female form as inspiration. The designer revealed, "I designed this dress for Cardi specifically because she has the ultimate beauty in a woman's body, and that is what the dress is about for me: taking advantage of that beauty."

Jennifer Lopez

Power-couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez left fans stunned in March 2019 when the former baseball pro proposed to the actress and pop star with an emerald-cut diamond engagement ring that experts estimate to be upwards of 15 carats and worth a whopping $4.5 million (via People). The ring is so enormous and sparkly that staring at it for too long could very well leave you temporarily blinded — but it's a risk many would find difficult to turn down.

With her 2019 Met Gala look, Lopez seemed to transform herself into the human version of her engagement ring. The "On The Floor" songstress appeared to be dripping in diamonds as she floated down the pink carpet wearing a custom-made, sparkling, silver Versace gown featuring an icicle-inspired headpiece, plunging neckline, and thigh-high slit. Unfortunately, the Versace stunner has a bit of a tragic backstory. As Lopez revealed on her YouTube channel on April 19, 2019, her longtime tailor, Luigi Massi, passed away unexpectedly during the process of creating the gown. "Your attention to detail, your talent and your love will never be forgotten," a tearful Lopez said. "Thank you, Luigi, we will miss you."

Mindy Kaling

As you might recall, everyone's favorite Dunder Mifflin customer service representative made the transformation to stealthy bad girl in the 2018 heist comedy, Ocean's 8. In the film, Kaling portrayed Amita — a talented jewelry maker desperate to move out of her parents' house who assists Debbie Ocean and her team in stealing a multi-million dollar Cartier necklace during the Met Gala. 

Kaling was back to her old ways at the 2019 Met Gala — except this time, the only thing she stole was the show. The writer-actress arrived to the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing a gold, sequined Moschino gown reminiscent of the dress her Ocean's character wore onscreen. Kaling accessorized the sparky gown with enormous drop earrings, but the Mindy Project star doubled-down on the drama by sporting a stunning platinum blonde wig over her usual dark, shoulder-length 'do. The funny gal totally pulled off the blonde tresses, proving she truly can do anything. 

Lizzo

If you don't know by now, allow us to clue you in: 2019 will be the year of Lizzo. Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, was released on April 19, 2019, and has already produced total girl-power bangers, such as "Juice," and the Missy Elliott collaboration, "Tempo." With everything she does, Lizzo exudes positivity and a contagious sense of self-confidence that will inspire you to be unapologetically yourself. And with her 2019 Met Gala look, this rising star proved that she's going to be one to watch on the red (or pink) carpets to come. 

The "Fitness" singer totally embodied the Met Gala's over-the-top "Camp" theme, donning a custom Marc Jacobs gown which featured various shades of pink, a slit to high-heavens, and a feathery, flamingo-inspired cape. In true Lizzo fashion, the star upped the ante by transforming her usually-dark hair into a jaw-dropping, neon pink updo adorned with a delicate crystal headpiece. Considering this was only her first Met Gala, we can't wait to see what she'll have in store for us next year.

Lady Gaga

If we told you that a celebrity stripped down to their skivvies in front of photographers on the Met Gala's pink carpet, you'd probably be a bit shocked. However, if we told you Lady Gaga stripped down to her skivvies in front of everyone, you'd probably say, "Yeah, that sounds about right." Ever since she stepped on the scene with her first hit single, "Just Dance," Gaga has been making waves with her eccentric fashion choices (hello, meat dress). And considering she was a co-host of the 2019 Met Gala, it's no surprise the singer went all-out to completely nail this year's theme. 

The superstar arrived to the event wearing a voluminous, hot pink gown with a matching bow headpiece. The star then stripped out of the sweeping gown to reveal a black, strapless gown featuring a sweetheart neckline. Of course, it wasn't long before that dress also came off, revealing a figure-hugging hot pink gown. Then, Gaga surprised the crowd by losing her Barbie-inspired look and showing off her black, jewel-encrusted lingerie set. Each of her ensembles her designed by Brandon Maxwell, who joined Gaga on the pink carpet.

Zendaya

The theme of the 2019 Met Gala might have been "Camp," but Zendaya brought the fairy tale vibes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her Cinderella-inspired gown. The actress-singer arrived to the star-studded event in a custom-made, Tommy Hilfiger ball gown, featuring gigantic puffed sleeves, a corseted bodice, and a full-length, shimmering princess gown. The Greatest Showman star accessorized with Cinderella's signature baby-blue headband, and carried a small purse in the shape of the princess' magical pumpkin carriage.

Perhaps the best part of Zendaya's Met Gala look was that it doubled as a production piece. The superstar's stylist, Law Roach, accompanied her on the pink carpet dressed as Cinderella's very own Fairy Godmother. As Zendaya posed for photographers, Fairy Godmother Roach made a few waves with his magic wand, causing both Zendaya's fairy tale dress and her pumpkin carriage purse to light up. If you need us, we'll be here waiting for a Cinderella remake starring this real-life fairy tale princess. 

Katy Perry

While she's usually no Lady Gaga in terms of bringing shock and awe to the red carpet, Katy Perry is no stranger to extravagant costumes. If you're an American Idol fan, you've definitely seen the judge wear her fair share of fanciful outfits, including the Ursula-inspired ensemble she wore during the reality singing competition's "Disney Night." The "Last Friday Night" singer's Little Mermaid costume even had movable tentacles and a purple-painted face, because this gal isn't afraid to commit. 

At the 2019 Met Gala, Perry proved once again that she knows how to dress for a theme. Since the Gala's "Camp" theme was meant to inspire a sense of decadence and extravagance, Perry arrived to the event dressed as a human chandelier. Honestly, does it get more extravagant than that? 

Designed by Moschino's Jeremy Scott, the dramatic ensemble featured a crystal-encrusted mini-dress under the chandelier fastened around Perry's waist. The star also donned a chandelier headpiece, which would have likely been as much of a hit at the Kentucky Derby. 

Kacey Musgraves

Come on, Barbie, let's go party! 

If you were watching the red carpet coverage of the 2019 Met Gala, you might have found yourself doing a double take when the life-size Barbie doll appeared onscreen. As it turns out, superstar Kacey Musgraves is as much of a Barbie girl as she is a country star. As for many of the Met Gala's most talked-about outfits, Moschino's Jeremy Scott was the creative mind behind Musgraves' hot pink ensemble, which featured a custom-made, leather bomber jacket-gown with a thigh high slit. Musgraves accessorized with a larger-than-life feather boa, a hair-dryer shaped clutch, and a pair of hot pink shades. The "Space Cowboy" songstress also sported wavy, golden-blonde tresses instead of her signature straight, raven-haired 'do. 

According to Harper's Bazaar, Musgraves 2019 Met Gala look was so iconic that Moschino produced a limited-edition Met Gala Barbie doll in the star's likeness. We know what we're putting on our Christmas lists!

Celine Dion

As confused as she might have initially been about the 2019 Met Gala's "Camp" theme, Celine Dion's show-stopping ensemble ended up being one of the evening's biggest hits. The Canadian-born superstar showed up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing a silver Oscar de la Renta bodysuit which featured all-over fringe detailing and a spiny headpiece. According to People magazine, the sparkly ensemble was created by a whopping number of 52 master embroiderers, took 3,000 hours to make, and weighed over 22 pounds. In other words, this outfit was not one for the weak.

The love and labour that went into creating her Met Gala outfit was not lost on Dion. The "My Heart Will Go On" singer told Vogue (via People), "Everybody who was part of it put their hearts into it. It was to make it something magical. I don't want to take [my headpiece] off! I want to go to bed in it tonight."