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Met Gala 2019: Celebrities reveal their 'campest' looks on the red carpet

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The Met Gala, an annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is considered one of the world's biggest fashion events.

It is known for its exclusive guest list, its expensive tickets and - most of all - its extravagant outfits, based on a different theme each year.

This year, that theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion - to coincide with an upcoming exhibition at the Met, inspired by US writer and political activist Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

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The outfits this year were therefore, like the exhibition, based on "irony, humour, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration".

And showing everyone how it was done at the very start of the night was singer Lady Gaga, who arrived in a billowing pink outfit which was not quite what it seemed at first glance.

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image captionLady Gaga, one of the event's co-hosts, arrived in a billowing pink outfit...
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image captionWhich opened up to reveal a black gown, her second outfit...
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image captionWhich was then cast aside in favour of Lady Gaga's third outfit, a slim-fitting pink gown
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image caption...Which she then took off, to reveal her final outfit
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image captionSerena Williams, who is also co-hosting, arrived in a neon yellow gown - with matching Nike trainers
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image captionSinger Janelle Monae turned heads in a gown complete with a blinking eye
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image captionKenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o smiles for the camera
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image captionActor Michael Urie has gone for two looks in one
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image captionActor Ezra Miller shows off some very impressive (and unsettling) make-up art
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image captionKaty Perry is dressed as a chandelier
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image captionReality TV family the Kardashians were out in force for this year's event
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image captionHere are newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who are said to have first met at the Met Gala in 2017
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image captionThey were followed down the red carpet by Nick's older brother Joe and his even newer wife, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner
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image captionBollywood star Deepika Padukone channelled Barbie in a large pink gown
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image captionLaverne Cox went for a sleek black dress and bold make up
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image captionThe third co-host is Harry Styles, who wore a sheer black top and high-waisted trousers
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image captionAlessandro Michele, of Gucci fashion house, is the event's final co-host
image captionSinger Billy Porter made an entrance before flexing his wings in front of the crowds
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image captionAnd theatre owner Jordan Roth has, very aptly, turned himself into a theatre hall
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image captionCeline Dion, perhaps the original queen of 'camp', did not disappoint
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image captionActor Jared Leto clearly believes that two heads are better than one
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image captionUS drag queen Aquaria went for painted hair and diamante hand-pieces
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image captionWhile actor Yara Shahidi has gone all out with the feathers...
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image caption...Much like the Met Gala's main host, Vogue editor Anna Wintour

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