The Met Gala Challenge Has People Recreating Popular Celebrity Looks

Isha Mayer , 04 May 2020
Ned Fulmer's Version Of The Met Gala Challenge (Source: Instagram | @nedfulmer)
Ned Fulmer’s Version Of The Met Gala Challenge (Source: Instagram | @nedfulmer)

The fashion industry’s most awaited event, the Met Gala, was to take place today. However, it has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Are all my fellow fashion lovers as sad as I am? I really look forward to this glamorous event each year. Ace celebrities who are invited take the avant-garde route and dress up according to the set theme, bringing some of the finest designers’ creativity in the limelight. But alas, none of us will get to see it for a while.

In order to compensate the disappointing fans and keep the spirit of the Gala alive, actor Billy Porter and the Met Museum collaborated to introduce the #MetGalaChallenge, “a challenge to end all fashion challenges” in the words of Billy.

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This Monday, the #MetGala red carpet comes home to you—featuring you!✨⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ With the Museum temporarily closed, we’re sad not to host The Costume Institute Benefit next week—which is the @metcostumeinstitute's primary source of funding—but @theebillyporter, Vogue, and The Met hope you’ll show us your favorite red carpet looks from past Met Galas by re-creating them at home!⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Take the #MetGalaChallenge and share your creation with the hashtag, then we’ll bring some of your looks to our “live” red-carpet-from-home coverage on Monday night in our Instagram Stories. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Plus, for those who enter by tomorrow, Billy Porter and Vogue will select a few looks to highlight on @voguemagazine Instagram. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Show us what you got!

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So What Is The Challenge All About?

Billy urged all his fans in a video to recreate their favourite red carpet looks of any celebrity in the past Met Galas with all the material they have at home. The next step was to pose and post the photo on social media with #MetGalaChallenge. Now that’s super fun, right? So many people took up this challenge and I have to say, they’ve all done a great job.

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My take on the #MetGalaChallenge ! For this challenge I really wanted to choose a look that was close to my heart and use sustainable materials! I’ve admired @lanacondor ‘s work ever since I watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before because It was the first time I had seen a half Asian half Caucasian character being played on western media. Representation truly matters and I was so happy seeing someone like me on screen. At the 2019 #MetGala, she wore a dress by @giambattistavalliparis I absolutely love their work with tulle, and it actually inspired one of my pieces in my last collection. This dress is made from materials I recycled from trash I found in my neighborhood, I think it’s plastic used when moving furniture. I absolutely loved the pleating on it and had been holding onto it since January. I believe there’s something quite special about using materials that was about to be thrown out to create something beautiful. All of the plastic is hand sewn onto the dress so it took me a few days to make but I think it was absolutely worth it! Thank you @voguemagazine and @theebillyporter for such a marvelous challenge, I had SO much fun making this dress 🤩💖 (More photos on my page & my website!!)

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Mindy Kaling Participated And Nailed It

No doubt that people on the Internet have pulled off this challenge but nothing beats Hollywood star, Mindy Kaling’s recreation. She went ahead and sported Jared Leto‘s 2019 outfit that consisted of him carrying a prosthetic version of his own head, and was one of the most-talked-about looks last year. Mindy made her own version with the help of some tarp, Christmas lights, and packing tape. She aced it, right?

All The Other People Who Aced The Challenge

It’s great to see how so many people of all age groups have been a sport and taken up this challenge with so much passion and creativity, given the fact that they had to work with limited resources at home. Take a look at some of my favourite recreations below.

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Just found out about the #MetGalaChallenge two hours ago and had to get in on the fun! The challenge is to recreate a past Met Gala look using only materials that you have at home. Here’s my recreation of @dianekruger in @prabalgurung in 2018, made with:⁣ ⁣ -two bath towels, two hand towels, and a washcloth ⁣(not a matching set, naturally) -a gazillion safety pins⁣🧷 -aluminum foil⁣ -headband⁣ -tape⁣ -tulle ⁣ -a throw pillow strategically held in place to make the butt poufs extra pouffy 😂⁣ ⁣ @voguemagazine @theebillyporter @metmuseum @metcostumeinstitute @themetgalaofficial #metgalachallenge #dianekruger #quarantine #whatidowhenimnotathehospital #metgala #prabalgurung #quarantinecouture #pandemicbutmakeitfashion #dammitjim #imadoctornotafashiondesigner

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Today’s Shelter-in-Place Chic Category: #MetGalaChallenge Subcategory: Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2006 Gala in Alexander McQueen The Met Gala (aka Jenmac’s Christmas) is cancelled this year so @voguemagazine and @theebillyporter are challenging us to recreate looks from past Met Galas. My look: Bra and belt: @torrid Petticoat and brooch: vintage Shoes: Manolo Blahnik @manoloblahnikhq Plaid overlay: Jenmac’s Hallway Linen Closet Collection™️ (it’s a super exclusive line of bed-to-red carpet pieces) #metgala #sarahjessicaparker #alexandermcqueen #shelterinplacechic #covidcouture #pandemicbutmakeitfashion #workingfromhomewear #quarantinebutmakeitfashion #staythefuckathome #honormycurves #bodyacceptance #effyourbeautystandards #psootd

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Which look did you like the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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