Glitz, glamour, fashion, people dressed like chandeliers — you name it, Monday night’s Met Gala had it.
Hosted by famed Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and some pretty famous co-chairs (including a certain One Directioner and Lady Gaga), this year’s chosen theme was based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Camp: Notes On Fashion.” Instead of the interpretation being some high-end outdoor wear (at least, that’s what my thoughts were when I first heard about this), the fashion was anything but that.
Someone better show up to Met Gala with a Jewish Summer Camp look or I will pass away 💋— Megan Pope (@mpopetweets) May 6, 2019
As Sontag wrote in her famous essay: “the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”
Well, the invited attendees definitely took that to heart, and Twitter had a lot to say about this.
The Jewish actor definitely took the gala’s concept to another level. His look was so out there that the Metropolitan Museum of Art cosigned it:
#EzraMiller dressed as the epitome of camp on the #MetGala red carpet. #MetCamp pic.twitter.com/nQnsZWnicr— The Met (@metmuseum) May 7, 2019
Tracee Ellis Ross
The Jewish actress — who happens to be Diana Ross’ daughter — wore a literal picture frame to the event.
Tracee Ellis Ross is a masterpiece come to life #MetCamp pic.twitter.com/ATXyESjUk9— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) May 7, 2019
She may have been inspired from a certain ’90s TV show:
Tracee Ellis Ross wearing a picture frame reminds of Monica and Rachel’s door in friends for some reason #MetGala2019 pic.twitter.com/4PLTSI2QrW— James (@jcGaGa) May 7, 2019
It was a mother/daughter date night for the famed star — and an unusual (and deserved) moment of good press for the much-maligned category “Jewish Mothers.”
I want a daughter just to have a mother/daughter night out like @BetteMidler. #MetaGala pic.twitter.com/C2NfXWWrY1— H. Alan Scott (@HAlanScott) May 7, 2019
Ok … he’s a son of Winterfell, not a son of Israel. But as one Twitter user noted, we’d all like to “go on a shabbos walk” with this happy camper.
10/10 would go on the Shabbos walk. #metcamp #jewishsummercamp pic.twitter.com/GyDSF1zCxU— Jessica Russak-Hoffman (@HoffmanJess) May 6, 2019
Fashion + irony = the millennial interpretation on Sontag’s theme that we craved.
Oops, we couldn’t resist! 📸 @HaileeSteinfeld #MetGala #MetCamp pic.twitter.com/RdEijT7CYK— The Met (@metmuseum) May 7, 2019
Gwyneth Paltrow looked ready for a summer camp slumber party.
Gwyneth Paltrow is…bored and ready for bed? #Metgala pic.twitter.com/qskZ4MPpYV— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) May 7, 2019
Karlie Kloss’ look is a ferrero rocher wrapper that’s it that’s the tweet #MetGala pic.twitter.com/hlKPGUMpbm— Frank (@StillUpMySleeve) May 6, 2019
Technically, she’s not Jewish. But she does play America’s favorite Jewish comedian on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and tsnius (Jewishly modest) fashion queens around the world are taking notes on this outfit:
Always tznius. Always aidel. Keeps putting her arm around me to include me in the campfire kumzits. “Come on, everyone, let’s clean the bunk and get to davening on time.” Wins Torah Trivia, bringing home the win for the Blue Team! #metcamp #jewishsummercamp pic.twitter.com/jDBmCkKJrs— Jessica Russak-Hoffman (@HoffmanJess) May 6, 2019
The singer and emerging icon was so obsessed with her coat by Jewish designer Marc Jacobs that she wore it to the most glamorous place of all: the airport.
BYE BITCH YOU THINK IM TAKIN OFF THIS @MARCJACOBS COAT 💅🏾 pic.twitter.com/qxXW8Yhvu8— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) May 7, 2019
And for the best reaction of the night - Mayim Bialik:
Is my #MetGala look camp enough? pic.twitter.com/YoCMNpaLnq— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) May 7, 2019
Do yourself a favor and follow Jessica Russak-Hoffman’s Jewish camp Twitter thread on the gala (you can find her @HoffmanJess). It’s basically an Orthodox Jewish camper’s teen diary, and if it doesn’t re-traumatize you, it will definitely make you laugh.
Adrianna Chaviva Freedman is the Social Media Intern for the Forward. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ac_freedman