Janelle Monae gave a playful nod and a wink to the Met Gala‘s ‘camp’ theme with a quirky gown that featured four hats and a mechanical eyelash.
The 33-year-old’s pink-and-black dress was designed by Project Runaway winner turned mentor, Christian Siriano.
One side of the gown featured a long sleeve bodice, while the other was a white glove. The skirted bottom was half white and half pink, decorated with a red lip on one side.
Now that’s an eye-popping look! Janelle Monae wore a quirky Christian Siriano gown to the Met Gala on Monday
Half of the star’s top featured a pearl eye, with a feather eyelash which opened and closed, thanks to some nifty mechanics.
Topping off the Hidden Figure star’s look was four layered hats. She added additional accessories with drop earrings, an eye fringe bag and rings.
In keeping with the theme of her gown, Janelle also showed off a glamorous eye look, complete with the same style of fluttery lashes that could be seen on the front of her Mad Hatter-inspired frock.
The singer’s beauty look was created by makeup artist Jessica Smalls, who prepped Janelle’s skin to perfection using natural skincare from Herbivore, including the brand’s popular Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil, which she mixed with bronzer for ‘an added glow’.
Mad hatter: Topping off the Hidden Figure star’s look was four layered hats
Artistic: One side of the gown featured a long sleeve bodice, while the other was a white glove. The skirted bottom was half white and half pink, decorated with a red lip on one side
Glam: The star’s make-up featured a dramatic smokey eye and natural lip
The lips were buffed with the Coco Rose Lip Polish, before being given a dose of hydration with the Coco Rose Lip Conditioner.
Finally, the look was set with the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist.
The beauty pro then began to work on a makeup look that she wanted to ‘shimmer and shine’, using products by 100% Pure to achieve the perfect glam.
‘Janelle’s Met Gala makeup had to shimmer and shine,’ she explained. ‘I wanted the cameras and light to catch the sophisticated glitter pop of her eyes and the radiant glow from her skin.
‘I wanted Janelle to look like she was going to a ball hosted by Michelle Obama.’
To achieve this she used the 100% PURE Fruit Pigmented Healthy Foundation, and the brand’s Luminating Créme in Northern Light to help add that glow.
The glow on her eyes came courtesy of the 100% PURE Fruit Pigmented Rose Gold Palette.
Meanwhile, Janelle’s gown was a team effort.
The Kansas City, Kansas native, along with stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn and Christian Siriano, collaborated on the singer’s Picasso and Dali-inspired look.
In an interview with Variety, Alexandra detailed the process behind creating Janelle’s dress.
Cute: The back of the Grammy nominee’s hair was adorned with large red lips
It takes a village: Janelle’s gown was a team effort. The Kansas City, Kansas native, along with stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn and Christian Siriano, collaborated on the singer’s Picasso and Dali-inspired look
‘We went through a lot of sketches. Christian Siriano probably ended up sending over about 15 sketch options,’ she began.
‘From there we chose our two favorites to have made as options. We finally settled on the gown look. When Janelle first tried it on, she totally lit up and we knew we’d found a winner.’
Alexandra detailed the constant communication that took place behind-the-scenes, in order to make this one-of-kind look.
‘This was a true collaborative process. We went back and forth on hundreds of texts, emails and phone calls, relaying Janelle’s desires and ideas to Christian Siriano, who would then in turn come back with his interpretation of her thoughts.
Sketches, photos and videos were sent every step of the way, tweaking and adjusting as we went along. It was amazing to be a part of such a creative group of individuals, all working together to bring this incredible and iconic look to life.’
Girls’ club! Once inside, Janelle caught up with Yara Shahidi and Lupita Nyong’o
The Met Gala is the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and is the most glittery and exclusive event on the New York fashion calendar.
It is famous for attracting luminaries of Hollywood, of fashion, music, sports, TV and the stage for an evening of fashion and charity to mark the museum’s spring exhibit.
This year, the exhibit and gala are dedicated to the idea of ‘camp,’ as defined by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp.’
Changes: At the event’s after party, Janelle switched up her look to a patterned sweater and skirt
Inside the invite-only Met Gala: Anna Wintour approves the guest list… and stars pay $35,000 per seat
Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list
The annual Met Gala extravaganza raises money for the museum’s Costume Institute kicks off the Met’s annual major fashion exhibition — look out, because the theme is ‘camp.’
And the more outrageous the outfit, the better for the Met Gala red carpet, where the A-listers strut their stuff, usually in the most eye-popping ensemble they can find to match the theme.
Last year, Rihanna showed up in full papal-esque regalia, and Madonna wore a regal black gown – with a see-through cross in the bodice – to go along with the ‘Heavenly Bodies’ concept.
Want a seat? They go for $35,000 a piece.
Attendance is by invitation only, and word has it that Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list.
Organizers did reveal a smattering of names last month — members of the so-called ‘host committee’ — and so expect to see Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, Katy Perry and Priyanka Chopra.
Wintour co-chairs the event this year with an eclectic mix of boldface names — Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, pop diva Lady Gaga, British singer Harry Styles and tennis superstar Serena Williams.
Met Gala 2019 theme: So what does ‘Notes on Camp’ mean…?
Lady Gaga’s dream theme! The pop star embraced ‘camp’ on the Met Gala red carpet
So what exactly is ‘camp’?
The museum’s exhibition is based on ‘Notes on Camp,’ an essay written in 1964 by American author Susan Sontag.
‘Camp is by nature subversive (…) confronting and challenging the status quo,’ the Costume Institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton said Monday at a press event about the exhibition before the gala.
‘In the end, the purpose of camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts.’
Some of the items in the exhibition might best explain the theme: the ‘swan dress’ worn by Bjork to the Oscars, a glittering costume worn by flamboyant US singer Liberace, a shower head necklace designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe in the 1980s.
‘We’re experiencing a resurgence of camp — not just in fashion, but in culture in general,’ said Bolton.
‘Camp tends to come to the fore in moments of social and political instability. The 1960s was one such moment as were the 1980s.’
The exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ — a play on the title of Sontag’s essay — formally opens at the Met on Thursday and runs through September 8.
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