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FashionTatlergram: Men Of The Met Ball

Tatlergram: Men Of The Met Ball

Tatlergram: Men Of The Met Ball
By Anna Thong
By Anna Thong
May 12, 2019
The men who mastered the art of being extra

When fashion’s biggest night out centres a dress code like "camp", it's right to assume that the red carpet will be no straight-up black-tie affair. The 2019 Met Gala was nothing short of an OTT camp spectacle—flamboyant, theatrical and the gayest it's ever been. Whilst most attendees hit the mark with their camp interpretations, special kudos is owed to the following men of the night.

1/20Billy Porter

What a time to be alive! The flamboyant and fabulous Billy Porter made an iconic entrance to this year's Met, dress and carried like an Egyptian god. We're still not over! 

2/20Jared Leto

How does one accessorise whilst wearing a diamond-encrusted Gucci gown? With a severed head of course! Following suit of Gucci's 2018 Fall show, singer Jared Leto carried a replica of his own decapitated head to the event as if it were this season's favourite it-bag. Price of a Gucci severed head: $11,000. Celeb's playing catch with it at the Met Gala after party: Priceless.

3/20Ezra Miller

Whilst his Burberry suit and diamond corset turned heads, it was his trippy makeup look that kept all the eyes on him. Surrealist make-up artist Mimi Choi painted five optical-illusion eyeballs on Miller's face and the result was striking. His disorientating beauty look was paired with a bold red lip, an old Hollywood-esque wig and a blank faced mask. 

4/20Alessandro Michele & Harry Styles

Gucci was the order of the night when fellow co-hosts Michele and Styles graced the carpet. Their custom numbers channelled 80's romance with a nice dollop of camp on the side. Yum.

5/20Darren Criss

The Assassination of Gianni Versace star Darren Criss won over our hearts as he glowed in a custom multi-coloured Balmain beaded jacket. His colbalt blue eyeshadow, matching blue nail polish and the single burgundy line on his lower lip were the perfect cherry on top.

6/20Jordan Roth

Jordan Roth stole the show wearing a printed floor-length cape with a radius as tall as he is. The 3D-printed cape, which was designed by Iris Van Herpen, was inspired by the arch framing the opening between a stage and an auditorium—very fitting for a broadway tycoon.

7/20Ryan Murphy

The American screenwriter, director and producer came out of his shell for this years event channelling the late and legendary Liberace in a custom Christian Siriano pearl-embroidered, floor-length cape and encrusted sequin silk suit. 

8/20Anderson Paak

The American rapper hit the mark in his gold and green patterned suit from Gucci. Though, quite honestly, he had us at diamond-encrusted sunnies and a pink hat.


Ru Paul's Drag Race winner Aquaria icon wore a black ribbon John Galliano gown paired with fishnet tights and a campier-than-camp make up look.


10/20Hamish Bowles

Sontag wrote that “the hallmark of camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.” And by those standards, it’s safe to say that Vogue editor, Hamish Bowles made full use of the elaborate theme in a colourful feathered cape and purple suit designed by Maison Martin Margiela.

11/20Violet Chachki

Another drag star hit the pink carpet and this time it was Violet Chacki. The drag queen channelled an evil-turned-good Ursula in her Moschino gown that fitted like a glove.

12/20Ru Paul

When Ru Paul arrived at the Met in an unsuspecting Zebra print suit, the world stood in unison and scratched their heads. Didn't you know? RuPaul doesn't do drag unless he’s paid to do so.

13/20Cole Sprouse

Not only did Cole Sprouse break gender conformity rules in his multi-coloured floral two-piece by Salvatore Ferragamo, but he also broke house rules by smoking in the Met toilets and taking secret selfies–two of Anna's biggest Met no-no's.

14/20Henry Golding

It’s about time Henry Golding and the gala steps Met. For the hunk's Met ball debut, he rocked a glittery custom Versace suit. 

15/20Michael Urie

When two wrongs make a right! Michael Urie killed the Met pink carpet this year with his gender-bending sensational look. 

16/20Benedict Cumberbatch

Marvel star Benedict Cumberbatch actor looked ever so suave in a crisp white three-piece suit that was accessorized with a gold body chain, slick fedora, walking stick and an emerald green infinity stone... ahem... brooch.



18/20Dapper Dan

The American fashion designer Dapper Dan looked incredibly dapper in a tailored made Gucci suit with red and blue floral accents.

19/20Mark Ronson

20/20Lay Zhang

EXO'S Lay Zhang made his Met Gala debut this Monday wearing an out of this world ensemble designed by Valentino's Pierpaolo Piccioli. 

Related: Best Dressed at The 2019 Met Gala


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