When this year's Met Gala announced its theme of Camp, we knew we were in for some good lewks, but we did not expect to see legendary Joan Collins walk the red carpet as herself, fully embodying the theme simply by...showing up. The all-white, feathered, Valentino gown she wore looked like a fluffy layer cake, topped with diamonds upon diamonds around her neck, dripping from her ears, and also crowned upon her head in an impressive tiara. You might see that and think, Oh, that's just Joan Collins being Joan Collins. But here's the thing: Joan Collins has in her repertoire what no one else on that red carpet would — her Camp pedigree.
"I’m Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan, and I’m wearing Valentino Haute Couture for the Met Ball," Collins says to the camera, while doing a dramatic spin, in a tweet on Valentino's account. Off-camera, several mics dropped, I'm sure of it. The Dynasty villainess is the godmother of Camp. Of course, she was invited. Hell, she'd show up even if she wasn't just to burn the red carpet down. That's exactly what Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan would do.
It's really no surprise that Joan Collins would be invited to this year's Met Gala, considering that the theme was implemented by Ryan Murphy, co-creator of American Horror Story, where Collins starred in the latest season. One could argue that it was made for her (or her for it). She even did a twirl with Naomi Campbell.
The Twitter reactions are...appropriate:
Basically, that's all, folks. The Met Gala is over because Dame Joan Collins just properly shut it down. Too bad we can't see inside the venue because I'd really love a Dynasty throwdown reenactment of Joan versus her fictional rival, Krystle Carrington, played by Linda Evans. Fun fact: My mom heard the name Sable on the soap opera when I was a wee fetus and decided to name me, her one and only daughter, after that character, inspired by but not based on (I don't think), Joan's other nemesis, Sable Colby.
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Watch that one time Natasha Poly did her own makeup for the Met Gala: