Zendaya had a real-life Cinderella moment at the 2019 Met Gala.
With the help of her Fairy Godfather, the actress, 22, was magically transformed into a shining princess at the New York soiree on Monday.
Slowly, Zendaya’s Tommy Hilfiger dress began to light up thanks to just a few waves of her Fairy Godfather’s wand.
Back by the stroke of midnight! Zendaya had a real-life Cinderella moment at the 2019 Met Gala in New York City on Monday
‘Magic fairy dust’ from the wand seemed to be the secret ingredient behind the glowing gown.
Attendees went wild watching Law Roach, dressed as Zendaya’s Fairy Godfather, assist in the transformation.
After the spell was complete, Zendaya nodded in gratitude towards Law before posing for photos.
From the gown to the choker necklace, Zendaya was a dead ringer for the iconic Disney princess from the 1950 animated movie.
Bibbidi bobbidi boo! With just a few waves of his wand, Zendaya’s dress began to magically glow
Before! The dress the actress was wearing initially appeared to be an ordinary princess gown
After! That is until her Fairy Godmother magically transformed it
Even Law was dressed the part in the Fairy Godmother’s blue cape and bow.
Just like Cinderella, Zendaya even accidentally left her glass slipper behind as she walked up the staircase.
It was certainly one of the night’s most elaborate outfits, which is no easy feat, considering this year’s theme was ‘camp.’
Spellbound! Zendaya blew her Fairy Godfather (Law Roach) a bless in gratitude
You’re forgetting something! Just like Cinderella, Zendaya left behind a glass slipper
The Met Gala is the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and is the most glittery and exclusive event on the New York fashion calendar.
It is famous for attracting luminaries of Hollywood, of fashion, music, sports, TV and the stage for an evening of fashion and charity to mark the museum’s spring exhibit.
This year, the exhibit and gala are dedicated to the idea of ‘camp,’ as defined by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp.’
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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.
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.
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.
That sumptuous, sprawling show drew more visitors than any Costume Institute exhibit — more than 1.3 million to the Met’s main Fifth Avenue location, and nearly 200,000 to its Cloisters branch — and indeed was one of the most attended shows in the museum’s history.
Making a statement: It was certainly one of the night’s most elaborate outfits, which is no easy feat, considering this year’s theme was ‘camp’
Happily ever after! From the gown to the choker necklace, Zendaya was a dead ringer for the iconic Disney princess from the 1950 animated movie
Met Gala 2019 theme: So what does ‘Notes on Camp’ mean…?
Lady Gaga’s dream theme! The pop star embraced ‘camp’ on the Met Gala red carpet
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.
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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.