These are the looks we'll be taking about until the next Met Gala
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala always brings out the most outrageous outfits from its A-list attendees, and this year, stars definitely did not hold back. Just about every single guest arrived in their brightest, boldest, most feathered camp-inspired outfits to honor the night’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” but a few hold a special place in our hearts. Scroll to see which looks PEOPLE editors could not stop talking about (and click to see all 150+ looks to pick a favorite of your own!)
Lady Gaga in 4 (!) Brandon Maxwell Outfits
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Lady Gaga turned the Met Gala red carpet into her own personal stage. This year’s co-chair kicked things off with an actual performance, stripping away each layer of her look like a Russian doll to reveal a total of four custom Brandon Maxwell creations. First, a hot pink coat dress with a mega train, followed by an elegant black gown. Next up a fuchsia column gown teamed with an oversize phone and sparkly Linda Farrow x No. 21 sunglasses, followed by a sparkly bra, briefs and fishnets (better to show off her Tiffany & Co. diamond butterfly choker) accompanied by a pink and gold wagon loaded up with champagne and pink hats. In my opinion, Gaga was reborn. It showed her MET-amorphosis from the “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” days (that hair bow!) to Joanne (the hats in the wagon). I also love that she teamed up with Maxwell again, one of her closest friends in the industry and former lead stylist at Haus of Gaga.
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Elle Fanning in Miu Miu
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I appreciate each and every celeb who fully embraced the camp theme of the night, but one look I immediately noticed when she hit the carpet was Elle Fanning’s Malibu Barbie peachy perfect look. She teamed a Miu Miu crop top with wide-leg flared pants that played upon the “Camp” aesthetic while being a bit different than the feathers and sequins that covered the carpet from just about every other guest. But it was her accessories that really stole the show. She nailed the I Dream of Jeannie high pony and paired it with colorful plastic necklaces with charms spelling “Camp” as well as a matching manicure that had charms dangling from each nail featuring French fires, toothpaste bottles and telephones that nailed that fun, frivolousness sensibility of Camp.
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Kim Kardashian West in Mugler
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: Only one star can convince a designer to create a custom look for her after two decades of not designing, and that’s Kim Kardashian West. While the star teased a potential collaboration with Mugler’s Manfred Thierry Mugler by modeling his vintage ’90s pieces for months, this out-of-the-ocean, dripping wet dress is Mugler’s first new creation in 20 years. “We’ve been planning it for about 8 months,” she said on the carpet. The details went all the way down her her fingertips, which also featured the same crystal water droplets seen all over Kardashian West’s curve-hugging dress.
Gemma Chan in Tom Ford
Alex Apatoff, Lifestyle Director: Honestly, this was one of my favorite Met Gala red carpets in recent memory, because everyone – especially the guys (hi, Michael and Ezra) – had a lot of fun with it. And it was tough for me to pick a winner among the really over-the-top moments that made me giggle, like Kacey Musgraves’ Barbie homage and Janelle Monae’s animated eyeball. So for my best dressed, I opted to choose a look that was simple but super-impactful, worn by – who else? – my style crush of the moment, Gemma Chan. Her streamlined Tom Ford gown and elegant Forevermark jewelry, all topped off by that over-the-top Elizabeth Taylor-inspired headdress (which she wears as easily as a baseball cap!) will be a classic long after the other looks are kitsch.