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Her Majesty, Queen Billy Porter steals the show with stunning Met Gala entrance, plus more!

One could argue that last year’s Met Gala theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” lent itself easily to camp. Except this is the Met Gala we’re talking about, so everyone ran with it pretty seriously. One glorious exception was Lena Waithe’s iconic Pride cape.

But this year’s theme blows 2018’s camp potential out of the water, because the theme is ‘Camp.’ The full title is: ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion.’

For this irreverent and over-the-top gift, we have 2019 gala co-chairs Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Gucci director Alessandro Michele, tennis superstar Serena Williams and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to thank. They would also make a mean Scooby-Doo-style detective gang.

Not to be outdone, Gaga worked four–yes four–red (or in this case, pink) carpet looks:

But she was hardly the only head-turner to strut into the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Here’s an early look at some of the camptastic fashions.

Harry Styles showed some shoulder, while Alessandro Michele covered his up:

Serena Williams worked that yellow sneaker:

Celine Dion brought burlesque to Broadway (or at least Broadway-adjacent):

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Billy Porter was brought in like the glistening sun-queen that she is:

Don’t underestimate Regina Hall’s stinger:

But wait, can we just keep talking about Billy Porter please?!

Vogue international editor Hamish Bowles brought his amazing technicolor dream coat:

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And Anna Wintour explained her look thus: “There’s a quote from Sontag’s Notes [on Fashion] that says ‘Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of 3 million feathers’ so I think I might be taking inspiration from that.”

More incredible ensembles are sure to be shared as the night goes on–stay tuned!

Dan Tracer is a queer writer, noisemaker, and amateur astral projector. Find him on Instagram.

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