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#MetGalaChallenge: our favourite online efforts to recreate the First Monday in May

by Erin Lindsay
05th May 2020

As the Met Gala, one of the biggest nights in international fashion, was forced to postpone due to Covid-19, fashion fans took the event home to recreate some iconic looks

A date on the calendar that is circled and underlined for months for fashion lovers, it was certainly a blow to the sartorial world when 2020’s Met Gala was postponed ‘indefinitely’ this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The event, which takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art every year on the first Monday in May, raises funds for the museum’s Costume Institute, and attracts a plethora of celebrity attendees, with everyone vying for the ‘Best Dressed’ accolade, according to each year’s theme.

2020’s theme was ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration’, which, according to the Institute’s curator Andrew Bolton, was “a reimagining of fashion history that’s fragmented, discontinuous, and heterogeneous”.

The night was set to be a milestone for the Met, as 2020 celebrates its 150th year, but as with all 2020 events, Covid-19 has taken its toll on the way people have had to celebrate.

Fans of the night in question were not satisfied to stay in joggers and slippers though, as a new way to recognise the first Monday in May emerged on social media.

The #MetGalaChallenge, a hashtag started by Vogue and actor Billy Porter, invited Instagram users to recreate their all-time favourite Met Gala looks of past years at home, using whatever props, clothing and make-up they could get their hands on.

While looks used everything in the house, from bath towels to bed sheets to garden flowers, to create, the results looked anything but homemade. Some of the past few years’ most iconic looks, including Lady Gaga’s 2019 Camp 4-outfits-in-one, and Jared Leto’s Gucci head-in-arms moment, were recreated flawlessly. Here are some of our favourites:

User @crescentshay as Lady Gaga in 2019, using bedsheets, a bin, and her dad as an assistant

User @tomhoudry as 2019’s Ezra Miller, using cardboard and tinfoil

User @gabbi_mosher as 2017’s Rihanna, using paper plates and a stapler

User @thewaywewerevintage recreating 2019’s Saoirse Ronan, wearing vintage

User @glambear_ as 2019’s Janelle Monae, using bin bags, beans and cardboard


Mindy Kaling recreating Jared Leto’s 2019 look

User @dannyrodco recreating Sarah Jessica Parker’s 2015 look

User @jakobvegh recreating Celine Dion’s 2019 look

Users @fifioff, @pedritopedro and @iamdieira as the Kardashians in 2019


User @shannon_the_sloth recreating Diane Kruger’s 2018 look