Thinking of clever Halloween costumes isn’t easy-but we’re here to help! There’s no greater moodboard for inspiration than the Met Gala. Recreating a celebrity look from the red carpet is perfect for your upcoming parties, and less obvious than defaulting to a witch or ghost costume.
We chose five memorable Met Gala ensembles in particular that are the perfect balance of fashion and kitsch (a perfect Halloween combination, if you ask us). Whether it was when Katy Perry dressed up as a hamburger in 2019-a costume good enough to eat!-or when Rihanna shut down the Met steps in a high-fashion pope getup in 2018, these costume ideas are bound to turn heads and steal the spotlight. In fact, it’ll make all the basic witches in the room want to fly out in shame!
Below, 5 Met Gala looks that could be an epic Halloween costume-and where to shop them, too.
For 2019’s camp theme, Jared Leto hit the step-and-repeat wearing a red Gucci gown and crystal harness-but it was the replica of his own head that he carried as an accessory which caught the internet’s attention. To do it yourself, just pick up a mannequin head-that slightly resembles Leto (or yourself). Who needs an it bag?
Suddenly, we’re craving McDonalds. Katy Perry embodied the camp theme in 2019 when she wore a Moschino-designed hamburger outfit to the Met Gala. There’s tons of burger costumes on the Internet, but to make it feel superstar-worthy, you simply cannot forget the matching hamburger sneakers and a glitzy headdress. The more glitter, the better.
When Kim Kardashian showed up to this year’s Met Gala covered head-to-toe in black fabric, the memes wrote themselves. Her avant-garde Balenciaga look is the perfect thing to re-create this Halloween: Simply swaddle yourself in black fabric and then put on a sharp-toe heel. Boom, you’re done! You don’t even have to think about makeup, but don’t forget the high ponytail.
It’s safe to say Rihanna won the 2018 Met Gala. Dressed in a custom design by John Galliano, Rihanna embodied the “Heavenly Bodies” theme with a high-fashion pope look-mitre included. For Halloween, channel the Bad Gal herself with a cross-printed dress and hat, then add a dramatic cape and a glitzy heel to make it feel more red carpet-worthy.
Everyone’s dreamed of being a princess at one point in their life (or is that just me?) and now you can be too by channelling Zendaya at the 2019 Met Gala. You can channel that magical energy of her Tommy Hilfiger gown by opting for a classic blue Cinderella dress. Then, add a pumpkin carriage clutch and a satin headband. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!