26 Camp Experts Pick Their Favorite Met Gala Looks

26 Camp Experts Pick Their Favorite Met Gala Looks

The annual Met Gala theme is like a test, and the fiercely critical public loves to hold attendees accountable for arriving in red carpet looks that land.

This year, guests were told to take notes from Susan Sontag's 1964 essay on Camp ("love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration"), and many successfully pushed their red carpet moments to the edge, whether that meant carrying an exact replica of their head as an accessory (Jared Leto), unveiling four outfit changes (Lady Gaga), or dressing as a literal Chandelier (Katy Perry).

As Best and Worst Dressed lists flood the Internet, PAPER asked 25 experts in Camp (drag queens, nightlife legends, makeup artists, pop stars, actors) to choose their Top 5 looks from the 2019 Met Gala. We pooled their picks to find The Winner (Hamish Bowles), and The Runners Up (Janelle Monáe, Lady Gaga, Billy Porter, and Ezra Miller). See the Campiest outfits, below.

Nicky Ottav, Artist

Jared Leto (in Gucci)

Follow Nicky Ottav on Instagram (@nickyottav).

Patricia Field, Stylist

Amy Fine Collins (in Thom Browne)

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Jovel, Model

Laverne Cox (in Christian Siriano)

Follow Jovel on Instagram (@itsjovel).

Linux, Nightlife It Girl

Janelle Monáe (in Christian Siriano)

Follow Linux on Instagram (@im_linux).

Benito Skinner, Comedian

Zendaya (in Tommy Hilfiger)

Follow Benito Skinner on Instagram (@bennydrama7).

Daniel Lismore, Artist

Celine Dion (in Oscar De La Renta)

Follow Daniel Lismore on Instagram (daniellismore).

Slayyyter, Pop Star

Billy Porter (in the Blondes)

Follow Slayyyter on Instagram (@slayyyter).

Michael Musto, Writer

Saoirse Ronan (in Gucci)

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Harrie Bradshaw, Designer

Donatella Versace (in Versace)

Follow Harrie Bradshaw on Instagram (@harrie.bradshaw).

Alexis Stone, Drag Artist 

Kylie Jenner (in Versace)

Follow Alexis Stone on Instagram (@thealexisstone).

Johnny Cassanova, Artist

Ezra Miller (in Burberry)

Follow Johnny Cassanova on Instagram (@johnnycassanova).

Anna Sui, Designer

Naomi Campbell (in Valentino)

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Gabriel Held, Fashion Historian

Liu Wen (in Thom Browne)

Follow Gabriel Held on Instagram (@gabriel_held_vintage).

Nails by Juan, Nail Artist

Billy Porter (in The Blonds)

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Justin Tranter, Hitmaker

Dee & Tommy Hilfiger (in Tommy Hilfiger)

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Mickey Boardman, PAPER Editorial Director

Katy Perry (in Moschino)

Follow Mickey Boardman on Instagram (askmrmickey).

Jodie Harsh, Drag Queen

Gwen Stefani (in Moschino)

Follow Jodie Harsh on Instagram (@jodieharsh).

Darian Darling, Makeup Artist

Violet Chachki (in Moschino)

Follow Darian Darling on Instagram (@moidariandarling).

Ladyfag, Nightlife Legend

Lena Waithe (in Pyer Moss)

Follow Ladyfag on Instagram (@ladyfag).

Raisa Flowers, Makeup Artist

Kelela (in Paco Rabanne)

Follow Raisa Flowers on Instagram (@raisaflowers).

Dorian Electra, Pop Star

Zazie Beetz (in Thom Browne)

Follow Dorian Electra on Instagram (@dorianelectra).

HaraJuku, Drag Queen

Aquaria (in Margiela)

Follow HaraJuku on Instagram (@harajuku.nyc).

Isaac Mizrahi, Designer

RuPaul (in Zaldy)

Follow Isaac Mizrahi on Instagram (@isaacmizrahiny).

Ruby Fox, Drag Queen

Kim Kardashian (in Mugler)

Follow Ruby Fox on Instagram (@rubyfoxny).

Debi Mazar, Actress

Katy Perry (in Moschino)

Follow Debi Mazar on Instagram (@debimazar).

Patrick McDonald, Fashion Icon

Lady Gaga (in Brandon Maxwell)

Follow Patrick McDonald on Instagram (@dandyofnewyork).

Photos via BFA


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