1950s-housewife Jello molds, a teenage Britney Spears seated on a pink Limited Too-style blow-up chair, the glowing green city of Oz; what do all these oddities have in common? They were all on the moodboard for tonight’s pre-Met party, hosted by Sally Singer.
On the invitation, the dress code called for “Cotton Campy,” and the location was listed as 53 Christopher Street—the historic, landmarked address of the Stonewall Inn, where 50 years ago, demonstrations known as the Stonewall Riots were hosted by members of the gay community. Their actions led to the first gay pride parade a year later, and stirred an oppressed group to fight for their rights so that one day there would be something to celebrate. And tonight, there was much to revel in: mostly, Monday’s Met Gala and its “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition.
The night spun out like a fever dream of feathers, fluffy tulle, and flamingos. Guests including Tracee Ellis Ross, Laverne Cox, Kacey Musgraves, and more sashayed out of their Lyfts and into the Stonewall in their Camp finery. Think headpieces, body glitter, and boas galore. A few guests (including Adesuwa Aighewi and Ruby Aldridge) were fantastically outfitted by Yoox, who helped them adhere to Wilde’s “everything in moderation, including moderation.”
The room was filled with branchy fleurs by Brrch Floral, swags of glitzy fabrics were hung (the tavern was fully transformed into a Whispering Angel Rosé-pink wonderland by Lauren Nikrooz), and lit with Nest candles, which wafted a scent appropriately dubbed “Velvet Pear” into the room.
Past the raw bar and the cocktail bar serving up Mod Sélection Champagne, glittering guests congregated by a punchbowl, spiked with Svedka vodka. Dinner was served by The Four Seasons Restaurant. The meal was all a booze-soaked belly could hope for: pigs in a blanket, sliders, and bottomless French fries. Dessert came in the form of cotton candy globs, which bore a strong resemblance to the puff-ball ballgowns that occupied space in the room. The clock struck midnight, but in this campy fairy tale, the Cinderellas and Cinderellos were going nowhere. Drag Queen Aquaria performed a little number that drove the crowd into a tizzy of fun and then DJ Charlie Klarsfeld closed out the night. The great outdoors are great indeed, but it’s safe to say that camping is far more fun done this way.