Harry Styles, the King of Camp, Is the Met Gala’s Most Anticipated Fashion Star

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Harry Styles, the King of Camp, Is the Met Gala’s Most Anticipated Fashion Star

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If the Met Gala’s theme this year is all about camp, Harry Styles is bound to be its red carpet king. The British singer has built his distinctive style around the idea, often choosing playful suits that riff on costuming made famous by musical icons such as David Bowie, Prince, and Elton John.

This fearless, fun approach to fashion is what camp is all about—so who better to co-chair the evening this year? (As he will, alongside Lady Gaga and Serena Williams.)

Styles’s campy attitude has developed over time. It gained momentum after his One Direction days in 2015 when he began to take risks on the step and repeat. His early solo days saw more subtle flourishes: think, a white ruffled button-up worn with a more classic suit. (Dipping a toe into camp, if you will.) Then, things got full-on experimental. Enter the diamond-print suit he wore to perform at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival, a theatrical outfit he took even further with a white pussy now blouse and heeled shoes. The printed suit has since fast become his daily uniform; one day it’s an elegant floral pattern, and the next, it’s a groovy paisley.

As Hollywood men and their stylists begin to consider a red carpet strategy for the Met Gala, allow Styles—a first time attendee of the ball—and his many on-theme looks to serve as a crucial mood board. The takeaway: the more OTT, the better. Above, 12 of his campiest looks to date.

See The Best Met Gala Looks of All Time

The Best Met Gala Looks of All Time

<h1 class="title">Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Willow Smith in Chanel , 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Willow Smith in Chanel , 2016

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<h1 class="title">Emma Watson in Calvin Klein Collection, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Emma Watson in Calvin Klein Collection, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Kim Kardashian West in Balmain, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Kim Kardashian West in Balmain, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Bella Hadid in Givenchy Haute Couture, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Bella Hadid in Givenchy Haute Couture, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: REX/Matt Baron</cite>

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Kristen Stewart in Chanel, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Kristen Stewart in Chanel, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace , 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace , 2016

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<h1 class="title">Florence Welch in Gucci, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo:Getty Images</cite>

Florence Welch in Gucci, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo:Getty Images</cite>

Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Sienna Miller in Gucci, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Sienna Miller in Gucci, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Zendaya in Michael Kors Collection, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Zendaya in Michael Kors Collection, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Lauren Santo Domingo in Giambattista Valli, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Lauren Santo Domingo in Giambattista Valli, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Blake Lively in Burberry, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Blake Lively in Burberry, 2016

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<h1 class="title">FKA Twigs in Atelier Versace, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

FKA Twigs in Atelier Versace, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Kylie Jenner, all in Balmain, 2016</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: REX/David/Prutting</cite>

Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Kylie Jenner, all in Balmain, 2016

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<h1 class="title">Rihanna in Guo Pei, 2015</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Rihanna in Guo Pei, 2015

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<h1 class="title">Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

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<h1 class="title">David Beckham in Ralph Lauren Black Label and Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

David Beckham in Ralph Lauren Black Label and Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela, 2015</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela, 2015

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<h1 class="title">Emma Stone in Lanvin, 2012</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images</cite>

Emma Stone in Lanvin, 2012

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<h1 class="title">Ashley Olsen in vintage Gianfranco Ferré and Mary-Kate Olsen in vintage Chanel, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Ashley Olsen in vintage Gianfranco Ferré and Mary-Kate Olsen in vintage Chanel, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Kate Upton in Michael Kors, 2012</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images</cite>

Kate Upton in Michael Kors, 2012

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<h1 class="title">Jay Z in Givenchy and Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture, 2014</h1>

Jay Z in Givenchy and Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture, 2014

<h1 class="title">Jessica Biel in Prada, 2012</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images</cite>

Jessica Biel in Prada, 2012

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<h1 class="title">Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace, 2015</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace, 2015

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<h1 class="title">Charlotte Gainsbourg in Balenciaga, 2007</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images</cite>

Charlotte Gainsbourg in Balenciaga, 2007

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<h1 class="title">Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen, 2012</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/Getty Images</cite>

Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen, 2012

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<h1 class="title">Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney, 2011</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images</cite>

Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney, 2011

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<h1 class="title">Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/Getty Images</cite>

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012

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<h1 class="title">Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Caroline Kennedy in Carolina Herrera, 2001</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: William Regan/AP Photo</cite>

Caroline Kennedy in Carolina Herrera, 2001

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<h1 class="title">Sienna Miller in Thakoon, 2015</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Sienna Miller in Thakoon, 2015

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<h1 class="title">Marie-Chantal Miller, 2001</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images</cite>

Marie-Chantal Miller, 2001

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<h1 class="title">Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Diane von Furstenberg in her own design, 2010</h1>

Diane von Furstenberg in her own design, 2010

<h1 class="title">Miuccia Prada in her own design, 2005</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Patrick McMullan</cite>

Miuccia Prada in her own design, 2005

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<h1 class="title">Erykah Badu in Givenchy, 2014</h1>

Erykah Badu in Givenchy, 2014

<h1 class="title">Victoria Beckham in Giorgio Armani, 2008</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Abaca Press</cite>

Victoria Beckham in Giorgio Armani, 2008

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<h1 class="title">Nicole Kidman in Gucci by Tom Ford, 2003</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Caroline Torem Craig/London Features International</cite>

Nicole Kidman in Gucci by Tom Ford, 2003

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<h1 class="title">Karen Elson in Zac Posen, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Karen Elson in Zac Posen, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs, 2009</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan</cite>

Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs, 2009

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<h1 class="title">Gisele Bündchen in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFANYC.COM</cite>

Gisele Bündchen in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012

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<h1 class="title">Suki Waterhouse in Burberry Prorsum, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry Prorsum, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Sarah Jessica Parker in H&M, 2015</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Sarah Jessica Parker in H&M, 2015

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<h1 class="title">Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Liya Kebede in Balenciaga, 2006</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan</cite>

Liya Kebede in Balenciaga, 2006

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<h1 class="title">Linda Evangelista in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture and Amber Valletta in a Maggie Norris Couture corset and John Galliano skirt, 2004</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Jean Catuffe/Sipa Press</cite>

Linda Evangelista in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture and Amber Valletta in a Maggie Norris Couture corset and John Galliano skirt, 2004

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<h1 class="title">Doutzen Kroes in Zac Posen, 2010</h1><cite class="credit">Photographed by Hannah Thomson</cite>

Doutzen Kroes in Zac Posen, 2010

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<h1 class="title">Lisa Airan in Rodarte, 2008</h1><cite class="credit">Photographed by Robert Fairer</cite>

Lisa Airan in Rodarte, 2008

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<h1 class="title">Lupita Nyong’o in Prada, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Cate Blanchett in Balenciaga, 2007</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Corbis Bettman</cite>

Cate Blanchett in Balenciaga, 2007

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<h1 class="title">Dakota Johnson in Chanel Haute Couture, 2015</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Dakota Johnson in Chanel Haute Couture, 2015

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<h1 class="title">Rachel Feinstein, 2003</h1><cite class="credit">Photographed by Robert Fairer</cite>

Rachel Feinstein, 2003

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<h1 class="title">Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera, 2014

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<h1 class="title">Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images</cite>

Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, 2012

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<h1 class="title">Sienna Miller, 2006</h1><cite class="credit">Photographed by Robert Fairer</cite>

Sienna Miller, 2006

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<h1 class="title">Grace Coddington in Michael Kors, 2015</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Grace Coddington in Michael Kors, 2015

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<h1 class="title">Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, 2006</h1><cite class="credit">Photographed by Mary Hilliard</cite>

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, 2006

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<h1 class="title">Elle Macpherson in Calvin Klein Collection, 2005</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images</cite>

Elle Macpherson in Calvin Klein Collection, 2005

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<h1 class="title">Aerin Lauder in Oscar de la Renta, 2014</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Aerin Lauder in Oscar de la Renta, 2014

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Rihanna in Comme des Gar&#231;ons, 2017
Rihanna in Comme des Garçons, 2017
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Ruth Negga in Valentino Haute Couture, 2017
Ruth Negga in Valentino Haute Couture, 2017
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Katy Perry in Maison Margiela, 2017
Katy Perry in Maison Margiela, 2017
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Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon, 2015
Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon, 2015
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