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What is 'Camp'? See celebrities define style at the Met Gala

Celebrities showed off their best camp looks at the 2019 Met Gala on Monday.

The theme for the annual elite fashion event was "Camp: Notes on Fashion," a reference to Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, "Notes on 'Camp.' " What is considered camp isn't clear cut. The abstract stylization is embodied by celebrities like Cher, designers like Donatella Versace and gatherings like dog shows, according to the New York Times

Camp, at its core, can be interpreted in a variety of ways, which made for some interesting celebrity looks.

“Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp — Trump is a very camp figure — I think it’s very timely,” curator Andrew Bolton told the Times. “Much of high camp is a reaction to something.” 

Below, a look at the celebrity styles you need to see.

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry went for Baroque in a Moschino chandelier gown at the Met Gala.

Jared Leto

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Jared Leto wore Gucci on the Met Gala's pink carpet. 

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner

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Newlyweds Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner both wore Louis Vuitton to the Met Gala.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

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Jennifer Lopez, in a silver fringe beaded Versace dress and matching head piece, and Alex Rodriguez at the Met Gala.

Alessandro Michele and Harry Styles

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Gucci's Alessandro Michele and Harry Styles, wearing Gucci, walk the pink carpet.

Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner

Sisters Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner attend The
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Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner, both in Versace, attend the Met Gala.

Celine Dion

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Celine Dion wore an Oscar de la Renta gown to the Met Gala.

Lady Gaga

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Met Gala co-chair Lady Gaga shows off her first look by Brandon Maxwell on the pink carpet.

Billy Porter

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Billy Porter makes his entrance into the Met Gala wearing The Blonds.

Billy Porter

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Tony winner and "Pose" star Billy Porter attends the Met Gala in an ensemble by The Blonds.

Cara Delevingne

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Model / actress Cara Delevingne attends the Met Gala.

Harry Styles

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Met Gala co-chair Harry Styles walks the pink carpet in Gucci.

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga on the pink carpet in one of the four Brandon Maxwell looks she wore to the gala. 

Lady Gaga

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Met Gala co-chair Lady Gaga shows off her third look by Brandon Maxwell.

RuPaul

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RuPaul attends the Met Gala.

Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey Musgraves attends the Met Gala giving off Barbie vibes in custom Moschino.

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj wore custom Prabal Gurung to walk the pink carpet at the Met Gala.

Zendaya

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Stylist Law Roach and Zendaya, wearing a light-up Tommy Hilfiger gown, attend the Met Gala.

Serena Williams

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Co-chair of the Met Gala Serena Williams in Atelier Versace on the pink carpet.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, both in Dior, attend the Met Gala.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, wearing a beaded latex Thierry Mugler dress, attend the Met Gala.

Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus wore a dress by Saint Laurent to Met Gala.

Kris Jenner

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Kris Jenner, in Tommy Hilfiger and a blond wig, attends the Met Gala.

Cardi B

Rapper Cardi B attends The 2019 Met Gala
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Rapper Cardi B wears a gown by Thom Browne at the Met Gala.

Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen

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Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen wore matching looks to attend the Met Gala.

Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union

Basketball star Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union
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Basketball star Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union, both in Dundas, attend the Met Gala.

 

Natasha Lyonne

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"Russian Doll" actress Natasha Lyonne arrives on the pink carpet at the Met Gala.

Laverne Cox

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"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox, wearing a gown by Christian Siriano, attends the Met Gala.

Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe, wearing a gown by Christian Siriano, attends the Met Gala.

Anna Wintour

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Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour wore a crystal-embellished Chanel gown to the Met Gala.

Zoe Kravitz

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Zoe Kravitz attends the Met Gala.

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga attends the Met Gala.

Liza Koshy

Actress Liza Koshy attends The 2019 Met Gala
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YouTuber Liza Koshy attends the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

Caroline Trentini

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Model Caroline Trentini attends the Met Gala wearing Thom Browne.

Saoirse Ronan

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Actress Saoirse Ronan sparkles in Gucci on the pink carpet at the Met Gala.

Jordan Roth

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Jordan Roth, head of Jujamcyn Theaters, takes a spin at the Met Gala.

Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham

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"Girls" co-stars Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham flank designer Christopher Kane at the Met Gala.

Thalia

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Singer and designer Thalia attends the Met Gala.

Abbey Lee Kershaw

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Model and "Mad Max: Fury Road" star Abbey Lee Kershaw walks the pink carpet of the Met Gala.

Darren Criss

Actor Darren Criss arrives for the 2019 Met
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Emmy winner Darren Criss rocks the pink carpet of the Met Gala.

Dua Lipa

Singer/songwriter Dua Lipa attends The 2019 Met Gala
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Singer/songwriter Dua Lipa attends the Met Gala.

Salma Hayek

Actress Salma Hayek attends The 2019 Met Gala
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Actress Salma Hayek attends the Met Gala.

Dakota Johnson

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Actress Dakota Johnson attends the Met Gala.

Ciara

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Ciara attends the Met Gala wearing a gown by Peter Dundas.

Hailee Steinfeld

Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld attends The 2019
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Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld attends the Met Gala wearing a Victor & Rolf gown.

Solange Knowles

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Singer Solange Knowles attends the Met Gala.

Chloe Grace Moretz

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Actress Chloe Grace Moretz attends the Met Gala.

Ezra Miller

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Ezra Miller attends the Met Gala.

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