Met Gala 2019: Benedict Cumberbatch opts for a white three-piece suit and fedora as he joins his glamorous wife Sophie Hunter on the pink carpet
They have been happily married since 2015.
And Benedict Cumberbatch looked undeniably loved-up with his wife Sophie Hunter as they arrived to the Met Gala 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday.
The Sherlock actor, 42, made a style statement in an all-white suit and fedora, while his stunning wife, 41, was decked out in an opulent billowing lilac number.
Benedict Cumberbatch looked loved-up with his wife Sophie Hunter as they arrived to the Met Gala 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday
Benedict made for his most stylish display yet in his three-piece white suit which boasted a gold body chain and emerald green brooch.
Completing the look with a slick fedora and stylish shoes, Benedict added to the look with a walking stick.
Benedict sweetly held the hand of his wife Sophie, who stunned iun a bardot style floral lilac dress.
The garment boasted an opulent train as she posed away on the red carpet with her other half.
Sophie had her brunette locks styled in a glamorous bun and accessorised with a pair of sparkly earrings.
Sophie and Benedict, who have been friends for 20 years, took their romance public in spring 2014, before tying the knot the following year on the Isle Of Wight.
The couple are proud parents to sons Christopher ‘Kit’ Carlton, three, and Hal Auden, two.
This year, the exhibit and gala are dedicated to the idea of ‘camp,’ as defined by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp.’
The Met Gala, formally known as the Costume Institute Benefit, is always chaired by a team of high-wattage celebrities, and this year is no exception.
The event is chaired by pop star and actress-of-the-moment Lady Gaga, tennis star Serena Williams, and singer Harry Styles, along with Gucci designer Alessandro Michele and, as always, Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
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Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list
The annual Met Gala extravaganza raises money for the museum’s Costume Institute kicks off the Met’s annual major fashion exhibition — look out, because the theme is ‘camp.’
And the more outrageous the outfit, the better for the Met Gala red carpet, where the A-listers strut their stuff, usually in the most eye-popping ensemble they can find to match the theme.
Last year, Rihanna showed up in full papal-esque regalia, and Madonna wore a regal black gown – with a see-through cross in the bodice – to go along with the ‘Heavenly Bodies’ concept.
Want a seat? They go for $35,000 a piece.
Attendance is by invitation only, and word has it that Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list.
Organizers did reveal a smattering of names last month — members of the so-called ‘host committee’ — and so expect to see Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, Katy Perry and Priyanka Chopra.
Wintour co-chairs the event this year with an eclectic mix of boldface names — Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, pop diva Lady Gaga, British singer Harry Styles and tennis superstar Serena Williams.
Wintour said she believes this year’s Met Gala to be about ‘self expression’ and ‘individuality’, noting that she wanted to see ‘outrageous, fun, tongue in cheek’ fashion on the red carpet.
Attendance is by invitation only, and word has it that Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna has the final say over each person on the guest list.
The new theme seems decidedly more lighthearted than last year’s hugely successful Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, about the relationship between fashion and Catholicism.
Met Gala 2019 theme: So what does ‘Notes on Camp’ mean…?
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So what exactly is ‘camp’?
The museum’s exhibition is based on ‘Notes on Camp,’ an essay written in 1964 by American author Susan Sontag.
‘Camp is by nature subversive (…) confronting and challenging the status quo,’ the Costume Institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton said Monday at a press event about the exhibition before the gala.
‘In the end, the purpose of camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts.’
Some of the items in the exhibition might best explain the theme: the ‘swan dress’ worn by Bjork to the Oscars, a glittering costume worn by flamboyant US singer Liberace, a shower head necklace designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe in the 1980s.
‘We’re experiencing a resurgence of camp — not just in fashion, but in culture in general,’ said Bolton.
‘Camp tends to come to the fore in moments of social and political instability. The 1960s was one such moment as were the 1980s.’
The exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ — a play on the title of Sontag’s essay — formally opens at the Met on Thursday and runs through September 8.