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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 photographer Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

The outfits this year will therefore, like the exhibition, be 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 caption Lady Gaga, one of the event’s co-hosts, arrived in a billowing pink outfit…
Lady Gaga at Met Gala second outfitImage copyright AFP
Image caption Which opened up to reveal a black gown, her second outfit…
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Image caption Which 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
Serena WilliamsImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Serena Williams, who is also co-hosting, arrived in a neon yellow gown – with matching Nike trainers
Janelle MonaeImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Why wear just one hat when you can wear four, like Janelle Monae
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Lupita Nyong'o smilesImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o smiles for the camera
Michael UrieImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Actor Michael Urie has gone for two looks in one
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Ezra Miller holds up a maskImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Actor Ezra Miller, meanwhile, shows off some very impressive (and unsettling) make-up art
Katy PerryImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Katy Perry, meanwhile, is dressed as a chandelier
Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott arrives for the 2019 Met GalaImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Reality TV family the Kardashians were out in force for this year’s event
Priyanka Chopra and Nick JonasImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Here are newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who are said to have first met at the Met Gala in 2017
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British actress Sophie Turner and husband musician Joe Jonas arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New YorkImage copyright AFP
Image caption They were followed down the red carpet by Nick’s older brother Joe and his even newer wife, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner
Laverne CoxImage copyright AFP
Image caption Laverne Cox went for a sleek black dress and bold make up
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Harry StylesImage copyright Reuters
Image caption The third co-host is Harry Styles, who wore a sheer black top and high-waisted trousers
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Alessandro MicheleImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Alessandro Michele, of Gucci fashion house, is the event’s final co-host
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Billy Porter
Image caption Singer Billy Porter made an entrance before flexing his wings in front of the crowds
Jordan RothImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption And theatre owner Jordan Roth has, very aptly, turned himself into a theatre hall
Celine DionImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Celine Dion, perhaps the original queen of ‘camp’, did not disappoint
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Jared Leto holds up a model of his headImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Actor Jared Leto clearly believes that two heads are better than one
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AquariaImage copyright AFP
Image caption US drag queen Aquaria went for painted hair and diamante hand-pieces
Yara ShahidiImage copyright AFP
Image caption While actor Yara Shahidi has gone all out with the feathers…
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Anna WintourImage copyright EPA
Image caption …Much like the Met Gala’s main host, Vogue editor Anna Wintour

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