Cardi B in Thom Browne
The rapper had one of the most head-turning Met Gala looks of the night, in part thanks to the protruding ruby nipples sewed onto her breasts. And that detail was a pricey addition to the gown: Cardi B revealed each ruby cost $250,000 a piece. “These are ruby nipples by Stefere,” she told Vogue. “If I lose one of these, I’m gonna have to sell one of my [Hermès] Birkin bags!”
Lupita Nyong'o in Atelier Versace
It took time for the actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger to find a gown that was as “fun, fabulous and daring” as the duo envisioned. “We looked at about 20 to 30 sketches before choosing the one!” Erlanger says. The crowning detail (literally)? Hair picks with “Fight the Power” raised fists, stylist Vernon François told Vogue.
Kacey Musgraves in Moschino by Jeremy Scott
The country star was the ultimate “high-low” fashion queen as “Moschino Met Ball Barbie,” her stylist Erica Cloud says. She paired Forevermark diamonds with $80 pumps: “Going high-low with the accessories adds to the camp feel; it’s choosing the most beautiful diamonds, but also Aldo shoes and a plastic clutch.”
Tracee Ellis Ross in Moschino by Jeremy Scott
“She’s a woman framed as a piece of art at the Met Ball!” the actress’ stylist Karla Welch tells PEOPLE. But the campy design wasn’t as challenging to walk in as you might think. “It’s actually really, really light,” she says.
Emily Blunt in Michael Kors Collection
“It took 510,000 sequins and 1,344 gold crystals to create Emily’s three dimensional gown and headpiece,” the actress’s stylist Jessica Paster says.
Janelle Monaé in Christian Siriano
The team at Smooth Technology engineered the star’s eye-catching blinking eye which “helped bring Janelle’s vision of camp to life,” stylist Alexandra Mandekorn says. “It’s also inspired by Dali and Picasso, whose surrealist works were very campy in their own right.”
Dakota Johnson in Gucci
Stylist Kate Young says the actress channeled the Virgin Mary in the translucent pink gown with a bleeding heart at the center. “It originally wasn’t as dramatic and over-the-top, so we extended the embroidery,” she says.
Sienna Miller in Paco Rabanne
The liquid metal chainmail dress felt “freezing cold” to the touch, the star’s stylist Kate Young reveals. Although the confection moved with Miller’s body with ease, Young estimates it weighed at least 20 pounds altogether.
Sarah Paulson in Moschino by Jeremy Scott
Stylist Karla Welch’s interpretation of the star’s “incredibly elegant and chic” look is that she dressed as a “literal black tie.”
Lana Condor in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture and Brian Atwood Heels
“It took 570 hours and 980 yards of tulle to create Lana’s gown,” her stylist Jessica Paster says. The “cotton candy couture” confection was so large, she even jokes that it was a “bit of a challenge” getting it flown to L.A. for fittings – and the actress ended up losing her purse in the layers during dinner!
Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton
The Game of Thrones star channeled ’80s superheroes in her multicolored sequin jumpsuit. “Sophie is not such a gown person,” her stylist Kate Young tells PEOPLE. “This really suits her, and her body looks insane in it.”
Emma Roberts in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
Although the actress’s hot pink tulle ballgown came from the label’s most recent runway show, stylists Brit & Kara sourced vintage accessories for her. “The flowers in her hair were taken from a hat from the 1950s, and put in with gorgeous pearl pins by Ryan Trygstad. Her bag is vintage from 1950s too,” the styling duo tells PEOPLE.
Leslie Grossman in Neil Lane Jewelry
The actress was lucky enough to borrow one of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s most treasured jewels — a multi-million dollar, rare Art Deco bracelet — which she once wore as a choker to the Met Ball. Grossman paid homage to Gabor by recreating the original feathered look, right down to the exact jewels the camp icon wore. “When fairy godfather/mad genius @mrrpmurphy says ‘Let’s go to the Met Gala and you’ll be an homage to Zsa Zsa and I’ll be Liberace’ you pinch yourself and thank your lucky stars. It was the most fun 💞,” Grossman wrote on Instagram.
RuPaul in Zaldy
The drag star and TV personality didn’t just turn to stylist Zaldy to style his debut Met Gala look; he designed the entire thing as well! “The 30 inch ostrich fringe running up a sleeve and meeting the zebra head on the shoulder takes it over the top,” Zaldy tells PEOPLE.
Karlie Kloss in Dapper Dan
After meeting designer Dapper Dan through her hosting duties on Project Runway, the model immediately knew she wanted him to create her Met Gala look. “It took two weeks to design,” stylist Karen Kaiser says. “We started with an exisiting Dapper Dan for Gucci track jacket with voluminous sleeves and created a red carpet dress from it.”
Laura Harrier in Louis Vuitton
The star and her stylist Danielle Nachmani played into the night’s theme when selecting her structural, leather mini dress. “There is a boldness in the shape of the dress and the detail of leopard printed shoulder that celebrates what makes fashion fun,” Nachmani tells PEOPLE.
Camila Morrone in Elie Saab
For the supermodel’s first Met Gala appearance, stylist Micah Schifman helped her find a gown that felt “structural, extravagant and [very] femme fatale.” Shifman adds, “Camila is always glamorous and fun, and that’s what this look is.”