After one of the most eagerly-anticipated events of the fashion calendar was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans of the Met Gala have been recreating their favorite looks from years gone by.
The #MetGalaChallenge was launched last week by actor Billy Porter and Vogue Magazine and encouraged people to recreate their favorite looks in a ‘fashion challenge to end all fashion challenges.’
The gala is known for being an event where A-listers show up wearing outfits ranging from the extravagant to the outrageous.
Rihanna, longtime Queen of the Met Gala, seen left, wore an outfit designed by John Galliano for Maison Margiela in 2018 – but as Instagram user Estilotn shows, it could just have easily have been created out of newspaper
Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Met Gala in 2014, right, spectacularly recreated by Instagram user Gracefulhaylie
Lady Gaga arrived at the Met Gala in 2019 in a gloriously outrageous fuchsia pink cape gown designed by her friend Brandon Maxwell. Instagram user Crescentshay pulled off her own version in her backyard, complete with umbrella holder
Last year Kim Kardashian dressed as a dripping wet version of herself designed by Thierry Mugler. Instagram user Kate Broad appeared to pull off a stunning recreation using packaging tape, tinfoil, and rhinestones
From the isolation of their homes, participants put on some great DIY looks, taking inspiration from standout Met Gala looks from years past, from Lena Waithe’s rainbow cape to Cardi B’s religion-inspired gown from 2018.
The Met Gala traditionally takes place the first Monday of May each year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City but the event was postponed this year after the city was placed under a strict lockdown in order to limit the spread of the disease, with 167,000 confirmed cases and 13,156 deaths.
This year’s Met Gala theme was titled About Time: Fashion and Duration and inspired by Virginia Woolf and the theories of the French philosopher Henri Bergson.
Instagram user Shannon the sloth recreated Diane Kruger’s Prabal Gurung dress in 2018 using two bath towels, two hand towels, and a washcloth, loads of safety pins, aluminum foil, headband, tape and ‘a throw pillow strategically held in place to make the butt poufs extra pouffy’
Vlada Ruggiero recreated actress Blake Lively’s Versace gown which was an incredibly ornate ruby and gold design that featured some pretty intricate and extensive beading. Here a couple of bathmats and a throw seem to work just as well
A student fashion designer based in Tokyo under the Instagram Noe Dresses recreated a dress worn by actress Lana Condor designed by Giambattista Valli in 2019. The dress was made from materials found in the trash and consists mainly of plastic used to stop furniture being damages when moved. The plastic was then hand down onto the dress to hold it together to create pleating
The 2019 dress worn by American actress Lili Reinhart created by Salvatore Ferragamo was recreated using bedsheets, right
Aletheia Olear ended up remaking Zendaya’s 2017 Met Gala look by hand painting each parrot, flower and vine in the dress
In New York, fashionista Sanja Nestorovic recreated the dress Kylie Jenner wore in 2018 using plastic bags and made sure to include the much-talked-about glasses
Instagram user kyserv, right, ended up recreating the outfit worn by Jared Leto in 2018, designed by Gucci complete with navy lapels that he paired with a pink pussy bow shirt
Actor Billy Porter and Vogue Magazine have challenged people to recreate their favorite Met Gala looks in an online challenge in light of the event’s postponement this year. Pictured, left: Aili Adalia recreating a look Janelle Monae wore at the Camp: Notes on Fashion Met Gala in 2019 (right)
New York City’s Aria De Chicchis (left) recreated Lena Waithe’s statement rainbow cape (right) with her dad’s Halloween cape and some paper (pictured)
Toronto-based voiceover artist Janna Polzin recreated Frances McDormand’s elaborate green cape and headress at home for the online challenge (left). For the Heavenly Bodies theme of 2018, Oscar winner Frances McDormand donned an eye-catching blue and lime green number with a statement headpiece (right)
Parenting blogger themilffiles from Philadelphia, as Cardi B at the 2019 Met Gala (left). Rapper Cardi B stunned in a blood red Thom Browne gown collaboration with British milliner Stephen Jones for the Camp theme of 2019 (right)
Child influencer Aili Adalia from Detroit, who loves to dress up, recreated Cardi B’s 2018 look with the help of her mother (left). In 2018, Cardi B, pregnant at the time, wore a Catholicism-inspire gown for the Heavenly Bodies theme (right)
Memphis art consultant Anna Wunderlich had her daughter take part in the challenge, recreating Lily Collins’ 2019 camp look (left). For the camp theme, Love Rosie actress Lily Collins donned a ruffled white gown and a beautiful butterfly headband (right)
In another colorful snap, Aili Adalia wore a fruit-print dress like the gown Zendaya wore to the 2017 event (left). The Spiderman Homecoming and Euphoria actress Zendaya Coleman looked beautiful in this gown at the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’ Met Gala of 2017 (right)
New York city resident Queenglowjob (left) took six hours to recreate the metallic look Ambrosio (right) sported in 2016
Billy Porter, who always makes an impression at the Gala with his beautiful statement outfits, launched the challenge with Vogue Magazine (pictured at the Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019)