Open Post: Hosted By The Looks From Billy Porter And Vogue’s Crowdsourced #MetGalaChallenge

May 5, 2020 / Posted by:

The first Tuesday in May should find us oohing and guffawing over our keyboards as we play judge, jury and executioner to the celebs and the looks they served up at the previous day’s Met Gala. It is one of the greatest joys of my admittedly boring life. But of course, this year’s gala was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus. So while, miraculously, Jason Derulo still somehow managed to fall down the stairs, we’ve been robbed of an opportunity to make fun of The Kardashians. However, thanks to former and future HSOTD Billy Porter and his #MetGalaChallenge, wherein regular people were invited to recreate looks from years past using only materials they could find in the house, our eyes have something to marvel over that doesn’t involve Ben Affleck holding a sack of dog shit.

According to Vogue:

The #MetGalaChallenge, started by Vogue and Billy Porter, invited Instagram users to revive some of their favorite red carpet looks of the past at home—and the results certainly did not disappoint. Over the past week, many participants took on the fashion challenge, DIY’ing ensembles that are worthy of their very own paparazzi flashbulbs (no easy feat, considering how many stores are closed).

Most of the standout looks are recreations from last year’s Notes on Camp themed event which proved, yet again, to be the perfect opportunity for celebrities to show their entire asses, sometimes literally, but usually by ignoring the theme or proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have a tenuous grasp on what words mean. Lady Gaga was one of the few that got it right last year with what Michael K called her blond Betty Boop on crack striptease.” Here’s a popular Disney cosplayer’s scarily detailed interpretation.

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lady gaga at the met gala: at home edition ✨ feat my dad as the umbrella helper in a suit and my mom as the camera person 😀 (they are the real mvps here 😤💕) . . but this is my official entry for @voguemagazine ‘s #metgalachallenge! The goal was to recreate iconic met gala looks at home, and this is my take on @brandonmaxwell ‘s design for @ladygaga – feat. pink bedsheets, laudrybaskets, my black photo backdrop, and other clothes i had around the house! . . (sorry there is no part 2 showing the making of the pink coat! Midterms are currently kicking my butt, so i had to rush this project a bit, and that meant no time to film and edit part 2 😅 but nevertheless, i really wanted to get it done, and I’m glad i was able to! its not exactly my best work, but it was a fun challenge! 🙂 ✨ . . Materials for this look were: – and old laundry bin – Carboard – Fanny pack – Scrap black fabric & muslin – Zip ties – old photo backdrop – a lot of hot glue/thread/pins – Pink bedsheets – clothes/accessories from around the house – and my blonde lio (promare) wig haha . . I know this isn’t like my normal style of project, but thank you all so much for coming along for the ride! . . . . #metgala #diy #diyfashion #fashion #cosplay #cosplaywip #crescentshay #recycledfashion #redcarpet #fashiondress #ladygaga #ladygagacosplay #redcarpetdress #eveningdress #historicalcostuming

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I like it, but do you have it in a size small?

Here are a few more standout looks such as Celine Dion’s too classy to be Showgirls showgirl look.

Here are a couple Cardi B is for Blood Clot looks.

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I’m so excited to bring you this look I turned for the #metgalachallenge !!! A few days ago @theebillyporter took to the gram to bring us this creative project to execute from home (due by tomorrow) for a chance at being in the legendary, most epic fashion magazine of all time @voguemagazine . I personally have about 100 issues of Vogue in my apartment spanning 3 decades and 10 countries. I’m obsessed (@theannawintour). It would be an honor and a privilege to grace the pages of this magazine! Especially dressed as my libran sister @iamcardib in her Met Gala look from 2019 designed by @thombrowneny (Camp theme-my favorite year by far) So I attached a video at the end where you can see my process taking the very expensive Saran Wrap and duct tape 👀👀👀 and creating molds of my body. I’m super proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish with a glue gun, glitter and A DREAM! Special shout to @viaagueda for continued FT support throughout the process!💋💋💋#quarantineeditorials #quaranQUEEN . . . . #metgala #metgala2019 #metgalacamp #cardib #billyporter #vogue #voguemagazine #thombrowne #annawintour #kollincarter

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Who could forget Janelle Monet’s blinking eye Christian Siriano extravaganza, reinvented here in sizes large, small and extra small.

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Hello!! So decided to do the #metgalachallenge @theebillyporter and @voguemagazine launched the challenge a few days ago to recreate your fav Met Gala look ONLY using stuff found at home!! I hit the road running and knew I wanted to do the iconic look that @janellemonae worn! Which was design by the talent @csiriano! Materials Used Cardboard Paper Trash Bags Black Beans White Beans Plastic Forks Straws DVD Valentines Day Decor Black Tape Wire Hangers Bath Towel Shower Curtain #metgalachallenge #metgala #christiansiriano #vouge #camp #fashion #stayhome #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #iconic #style #artsandcrafts #lotsofglue #gay #may4th #metgala2019 #metgalaredcarpet #billyporter #cosplay #costumedesign #fashionstatement #quarantinecouture #recyclefashion #householditems #homegala #homemade #fashion #fashionweek #nycfashion #metgalaafterparty #minichallenge

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Here’s what is probably my favorite recreation. Choke on this, Ezra Miller.

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The Met Gala might be cancelled this year… but don’t worry i’m here to serve it to you #metgalachallenge ❤️ i really really hope i will make the great Anna Wintour proud as well as the amazing @theebillyporter ! I’ve work sooo HARD on this projet ! I’ve spent so many hours on this costume! Even sleepless nights, especially on this corset and the mask! But It’s so worth it ! Each piece was made by hand using only cardboard, wires, and aluminum foil. Thank you soooo much to my incredible mom @lauriebokobza for the makeup and the support. ❤️ The met gala is one of my favorite moment of each year, it showcases the incredible talent of designers, as well as the huge amount of work behind such creations. It’s a celebration of Fashion and Love. I loved doing this challenge ! Thank you @voguemagazine @theebillyporter Anna wintour @mimles and of course i hope Ezra Miller will see this 🖤 #billyporterfashionchallenge

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Some looks from last year which weren’t “camp” as originally conceived, became camp with reinterpretation. Take for example this homemade “wet” look Kim Kardashian.

I gotta say, Vogue kind of fucked itself by co-signing the #MetGalaChallange. The Met Gala doesn’t need celebrities! We now know what we’ve always suspected—that all it takes is a lot of duct tape and a hot glue gun to make a Kardashian.

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