We knew Lady Gaga, one of five hosts of the Met Gala this year, would be good at this whole camp thing. But we didn’t expect her to become a real-life Russian doll for the occasion.
She walked in wearing a fuchsia dress with an enormous train and an entourage of umbrella-holding, suit-wearing men to handle it. But soon enough, she started to morph.
She played with her umbrella as she moved up the staircase, opening and closing it, striking a variety of poses and fluttering her gold false eyelashes.
The cloak’s train covered a whole sweep of stairs. Her umbrella men were rapt with wonder.
Then, with the help of her attendants, she shed her first layer to reveal a black gown with an asymmetrical sweetheart neck line and a side bustle.
Because why wear one dress when you can wear two?
Oh wait — make that three!
She made a show of each reveal, pretending to walk up the stairs, then retreating back to pose and undress again. Her third outfit was a hot pink, strapless column dress, which she paired with an enormous mobile phone from another century.
But that wasn’t all!
She eventually stripped down to her undergarments, pulling a wagonload of what looked like Champagne behind her.
Ladies and gentlemen: In the opening minutes, Lady Gaga may have stolen the show.
Jonah Bromwich is based in New York. He writes for the Style section. @jonesieman
Valeriya Safronova is a reporter for the Style section. She is based in New York. @vsaffron
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