Best looks from last year's Met Gala – and what to expect from this year

As Winter creeps up on us poor South Hemisphere citizens, the guys up North are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Summer. For some, Spring may remind you of only blooming gardens, pollen allergies and floral prints (for Spring? Groundbreaking). The who's who of Hollywood, however, has occupied their thoughts with the highest couture event of the year: the Met Gala.

Happening every year on the first Monday of May, the biggest event of the fashion fundraising calendar takes place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since 1995, the event chair has been no other than Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue. For help, she enlists the hottest celebrities of the last year. In 2019, the co-chairs are no other than Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Alessandro Michele.

The event is known for hosting celebrities going all-out with their costumes. The themes are always chosen based on the chosen Spring exhibition. Last year, it was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, which meant Vatican levels of art and luxury. This year's theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion, which Andrew Bolton, curator of the exhibition, explains as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration... style at the expense of content... the triumph of the epicene style". No doubt there will be plenty of room for extravagance, then.

To further inspire and excite you for the event, we hand-picked our favourite costumes from last year:

Rihanna in Maison Mariguela by John Galliano

Zendaya in Versace and Tiffany & Co Jewellery

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

Gigi Hadid in Versace

Jeremy Scott and Cardi B, both in Moschino

Winnie Harlow, the cover girl on our latest issue, in Tommy Hilfiger

Blake Lively in Versace

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana

Solange in Iris van Herpen

Anna Wintour in Chanel

SZA in Versace

Alessandro Michele, Lana del Rey and Jared Leto, all in Gucci

Stella Maxwell in Moschino

Lily Collins in Givenchy

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

Janelle Monae in Marc Jacobs

Yara Shahidi in Chanel

Amanda Seyfried in Prada

Lena Waithe in Carolina Herrera

Tessa Thompson in Thom Browne with Tiffany & Co Jewellery

Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton

The Met Gala 2019 will take place on the 6th of May.