Met Gala: Predictions & Results
Updated: Mar 13, 2020
By Arianna Fernandez ’21 and Jeslyn Nair ’21
This year’s Met Gala theme was based on “Camp.” No, not camp camp, as in tents and marshmallows--we’re referring to the term coined by Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay, “Notes on ‘Camp.’” Anna Wintour, co-host and ruler of the Gala’s coveted guest list, explained that this year’s theme would consist of self-expression and individuality. It would also contain some very fun and outrageous looks… along with plenty of Gucci, as they were one of the event’s sponsors this year.
Here’s what we thought was going to happen--and how our predictions turned out. We all know that most of the men that show up to this event wear boring, plain, one-colored suits. (Yes, we’re talking about you, Shawn Mendes.) Due to this repeated mistake, our first prediction was that we would have at least a few men showing up as if they were attending prom rather than following the actual theme. Unfortunately for fans of the event, our prediction came true thanks to Shawn Mendes, Kanye West, and Liam Hemsworth. We also predicted that the men who did follow the theme would have crazy looks that would leave everyone shocked. This came true through men like Ezra Miller and Billy Porter, who owned this year’s Met Gala. Ezra Miller entered with a white cape and a mask, initially hiding his outfit and face. Then he removed the disguise to reveal a striped suit with a train (like a wedding gown) behind it, and a face with multiple sets of eyes and bright red lipstick. Billy Porter entered as an Egyptian Sun God being carried in a velvet black chair. He wore a black pantsuit with gold sequins and wings attached.
Let’s not forget about the the Kardashian/Jenner sisters who almost always disregard the theme. Because we are very optimistic, we guessed that they would actually show up to the Met Gala with campy outfits. This prediction partly came true because the Jenners followed the theme and shocked everyone. Kendall wore an orange dress with a low V-cut and tons of feathers coming out of the dress’s back and bottom, and Kylie wore a purple dress with a seashell cut on the top, along with a bundle of feathers on the dress’s arms and bottom.
We asked around school for other predictions and received many interesting responses.
Those that came true were:
Kim Kardashian will fail to follow the theme.
A man will wear a dress (Jared Leto).
Someone will wear something that involves lights (Katy Perry).
Kendall Jenner will look beautiful and will show some skin.
James Charles will attend.
A prediction that that didn’t come true was: Harry Styles will wear red and have a satin light-blue suit with feathers and tassels on the back, along with shoes and pants with tassels. Although this did not come true, Harry did not disappoint: he wore a black jumpsuit with see-through sleeves, paired with a dangling pearl earring and nails painted black and blue. Another prediction that didn’t come true was: Zendaya will wear a sweetheart-cut dress with long feathers. However, she did leave everyone shocked after she dressed as Cinderella and entered with her designer as the fairy godmother. Her “godmother” waved his wand and her dress started to glow from the bottom to the top. Before she walked up the stairs, she left her glass slipper on the carpet. Students also expected that celebrities like Billie Eilish, the members of BTS, Timothee Chalamet, Kian Lawley, and/or Justin & Hailey Bieber would attend. This turned out not be the case. However, lower-celebrities like Lili Reinhart, James Charles, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, and Liza Koshy attended. As a result, some think that Met Gala is becoming less and less exclusive.
Let us know what you thought about the 2019 Met Gala in the comments!