Stylist: Lorenzo Posocco
Outfit: Atelier Versace by Donatella Versace
Makeup Artist: Lisa Eldridge assisted by Jessie
Hairstylist: Anna Cofone assisted by Matt Benns
Manicurist: Mei Kawajiri
Dua Lipa has always been a woman willing to experiment, kind, smart and polite.
The MET Gala 2019’s camp theme gave her another chance to prove she is a unique personality and excuse us if we think that her dress was pretty much the star of the night.
Lipa stunned is a custom Atelier Versace gown featuring an iconic neckline, embroidered bodysuit, leggins and flowing duchess overskirt in a high-low silhouette. The overskirt was crafted from 35 meters of duchesse, and the bodysuit was enriched by Swarovski crystals and heritage jewelry embroidered by hand.
If you look closely enough, you can spot an Elton John print on the overskirt–check the sketch below.
Here are the models/tests from which hairstylist Anna Cofone created Dua‘s hairstyle for the night.
MET Gala 2019’s theme Camp: Notes on Fashion was based on Susan Sontag‘s 1964 essay Notes on Camp. Her essay included 58 points detailing the ways the concept of “camp” could be constructed—that same essay brought camp into the mainstream and made her a celebrity.
The exhibition held at the MET Museum was underwritten by Gucci, whose creative director Alessandro Michele said that Sontag‘s essay perfectly expressed what camp truly meant to him: the unique ability of combining high art and pop culture.
The exhibit had 175 pieces of fashion including menswear, womenswear and 75 sculptures, paintings and drawings related to the theme. The pieces dated back as early as the 1600s. The show was presented in two parts, starting with the origins of camp as a concept, with Sontag as a ghost narrator.
The exhibit then used 100 samples from the 1960s onward to show how camp has become more mainstream with examples in the collections by Balenciaga, Prada and Vetements, as well as Gucci. The second half’s structural design was an “open piazza” mirroring “mainstream acceptance”. In all, around 37 fashion designers were represented, with 175 fashion pieces. Also on display was a full-length portrait of Oscar Wilde, spokesman for aestheticism, in a frock coat.
As a soundtrack for the show, the camp anthem Judy Garland‘s “(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow”, played intermittently in both sections of the show. The Wizard of Oz version in the first section, and a recording shortly before her death played in the second section. Garland was considered a gay icon and her death and funeral happened days before the Stonewall Riots took place although reports stated that the riots were spontaneous and not related to her passing.