It all started with camp. This year’s Met-gala theme encouraged guests to come dressed according to one or more of Susan Sontag’s “Notes on Camp,” meaning over-the-top, kitsch, or with a hefty dose of humor. The event inspired countless memes poking playful fun at the fashion that paraded up the pink carpet of the museum. Katy Perry wore a Moschino chandelier, while Lady Gaga undressed to reveal not one but three different looks. Billy Porter was carried in on a bed of gold, and Kacey Musgraves dressed up like Barbie with a fuchsia convertible in tow. Jared Leto took it to the next level with a Gucci-made replica of his own head for an accessory.
Fashion meme makers had plenty of Met-gala material, but there was more to wonder at than the first Monday in May. Bags managed to simultaneously get tinier and more gigantic. Thanks to Lizzo, we found out that you really can fit zero fucks into a miniscule Valentino tote. And Opening Ceremony made a shopping carryall that really can carry all. Really, an adult-size human can fit inside; we tried it at the Vogue offices.
In general, 2019 was a year of experimentation and fantasy for celebrity-fashion obsessives and their runway and industry counterparts. As we approach a new decade, it’s time to get serious about a lot of things, climate change and the upcoming presidential election included. That being said, everyone needs to laugh once in a while, and these crazy-cool memes will keep you smiling well into next year.
Lizzo’s miniature Valentino bag could maybe fit a single AirPod, but she prefers to stuff it with zero fucks.
Jared Leto shocked the Met-gala crowd—and the internet—when he accessorized his Gucci look with a creepy replica of his own head.
The 2019 Met gala was a meme maker’s dream, especially for Kardashian enthusiasts.
Cardi B’s vintage Mugler was both heralded and heckled. Some said her Grammys look called to mind The Birth of Venus by BotticellI, others Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
For their spring 2019 couture collection, designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren created meme-inspired dresses made for going viral.
Model Leon Dame’s aggressive stomp-walk at Maison Margiela was irresistible to front-row-goers and Instagram watchers alike.
Bow down to J. Lo—that is all.
The massive bag to end all massive bags came courtesy of Opening Ceremony and New York Nico.
A French comedian crashed the catwalk at Chanel’s spring 2020 show, and Gigi Hadid was not having it.
Judy Garland or Lady Gaga? The online debate was heated on the night of the Oscars.
Timothée Chalamet was the most influential man in fashion this year, and he has his Louis Vuitton mid-layer garment to thank for the title.
The popular “I’m telling my kids” meme hit the fashion industry with hilarious results in 2019.
A shout-out to Vogue Runway’s own Steff Yotka who put her own spin on the viral Baby Yoda meme with a platform Rick Owens boot.
Originally Appeared on Vogue