Met Gala 2019: the 10 most exquisite headpieces on the red carpet

Suzannah Ramsdale
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Met Gala 2019 guest list: From Harry Styles to Lady Gaga's quick change performance, these are the A-listers who made an appearance

Met Gala 2019 guest list: From Harry Styles to Lady Gaga's quick change performance, these are the A-listers who made an appearance

This year's Met Gala looks were as much about what the stars were wearing on their heads as their bodies.

In what will become one of the most talked about Met Gala's in history, the lucky celebrity attendees took the 'Camp' theme and ran with it. In a big way.

Heavy metal dresses were topped with working chandeliers and feathered rainbow rings were teamed with gilded afro picks.

Here's our pick of the most striking headpieces at the Met Gala 2019.

Katy Perry

The singer, who was dressed in typically theatrical fashion by Jeremy Scott for Moschino, wore a silver mini dress. What goes with a simple mini? Two giant working chandeliers, of course.

Katy Perry at the Met Gala 2019 (Invision/AP)

Lupita Nyong'o

There was a deeper meaning to Lupita's Met Gala look than just pure fabulous flamboyance. To top off her pink sparking gown and rainbow wings, the Black Panther actress rocked a towering afro complete with five gold afro combs, each with "Fight the Power” fists for handles. The look, created by celebrity hairstylist Vernon Francois, had a powerful message. Francois explained on Instagram: “WOW. This has been quite an emotional experience for me over the past 48hrs. The raised fist logo represent unity, solidarity. Also known as Black Power. I will leave it there for now."

Lupita Nyong'o worked with hairstylist Francois Vernan to create her Met Gala afro (AFP/Getty Images)

Celine Dion

Citing "Judy Garland and the glitzy costumes of the Ziegfeld Follies" has her inspiration, Dion shimmied down the Met Gala pink carpet in a gold fringed showgirl-esque creation by Oscar de la Renta. The matching peacock feather headpiece, which was also by de la Renta, weighed 22-pounds.

Celine Dion let her diva flag fly in custom Oscar de la Renta (Invision/AP)

Janelle Monae

The most impressive part of Monae's Met Gala look, created by designer Christian Siriano, was probably the blinking eye. Working with Smooth Technology, the eye was programmed to wink at random. Tear your, erm, eyes away from that for a second though, and you'll surely agree that the haphazard stack of hats towering atop her head deserve a nod too.

Janelle Monae's innovative look was by Christian Siriano (AFP/Getty Images)

Joan Collins

The legendary Joan Collins attended the Met Gala as herself. Well, her Dynasty character, at least. Wearing a Valentine Haute Couture gown and dripping in diamonds, including an exquisite tiara, the actress featured in a mini video on Valentino's Instagram saying: "I’m Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan and I’m wearing Valentino Haute Couture for the Met Ball.”

Joan Collins channelled her Dynasty character at the Met Gala 2019 (Invision/AP)

Gemma Chan

Elizabeth Taylor was the inspiration behind Gemma Chan's Met Gala look. The Crazy Rich Asians actress worked with designer Tom Ford on her homage to the OG diva. The headpiece, which was handcrafted in LA and carried personally to New York by Ford, was a take on the extravagant crown which Taylor wore to a masked ball at Venice’s Rezzonico Palace in the 1967 film Boom!.

The late Elizabeth Taylor was the inspiration behind Gemma Chan's headpiece(Reuters)

Billy Porter

Don't let the image of Porter being carried atop a velvet litter by six shirtless men distract you - the star's 24-carat gold headpiece deserves some attention too. Matching his custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and jewellery by Andreoli and Oscar Heyman, as well as his 10-foot wings, the Kinky Boots actor was a camp and fabulous modern day Pharaoh.

Billy Porter arrives as a Pharaoh (Getty Images)

Cara Delevingne

The model and actress's Pride-themed ensemble was a literal interpretation of the Met Gala's camp theme. Wearing a rainbow striped playsuit from Dior’s haute couture spring/summer 2019 collection, Cara accessorised with matching crystal embellished platforms, a cane and an extraordinary headpiece featuring bananas, eyeballs, false teeth and even a fried egg.

Many people took Cara Delevingne's rainbow look as a nod to the LGBT+ community (AFP/Getty Images)

Gal Gadot

The actress was joined at the Met Gala by Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller, who was also responsible for the Wonder Woman star's caped lace mini dress and thigh-high boots. The pair wore matching pearl-encrusted headbands by Givenchy.

Gal Gadot wore head-to-toe Givenchy (Invision/AP)

Kiki Layne

The If Beale Street Could Talk actress supported co-host and event sponsor Alessandro Michele by wearing a tinsel fringed Gucci gown and matching wig-cum-headpiece by Gucci.

Kiki Layne in Gucci (AFP/Getty Images)

Click through the gallery at the top of this page to see all the incredible headpieces from the 2019 Met Gala.