Who nailed Billy Porter’s at home #MetGalaChallenge?

Were we not living in the Year of COVID Cancellations, yesterday would have been the Met Gala. That’s a bummer for us here at CB because it’s such a fun night to cover. Personally, I think the last couple of Met Gala’s were among some of their best. However, because the Gala had to be indfinitely postponed due to the pandemic, Vogue very wisely partnered with the divine Mr. Billy Porter and together, the issued a challenge for those at at home: the #MetGalaChallenge.

With this year’s annual #MetGala (normally held on the First Monday in May) postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are mourning what is typically one of the glitziest red carpet events of the year. The star-studded affair was supposed to be held on May 4 this year and in the past, it has produced some iconic red carpet looks. For those still craving the glamour and extravagance that usually comes with the night, however, we are teaming up with @theebillyporter on a new Instagram challenge that pays tribute to the night’s peacocking spirit: Meet the #MetGalaChallenge.

The task is simple: recreate your favorite red carpet look from a past #MetGala at home. Which ensemble you replicate, and what you use to make it, is entirely up to you—think outside of the box!

Those wishing to officially participate had until Sunday, May 3rd to submit their creations. And oh my GAWD, were they amazing. So, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, may we present to you, the 2020 At Home Met Gala. First up, Mindy Kaling recreating Jared Leto’s Gucci look for the 2019 Camp theme, with accompanying severed head:

Also representing the 2019 Camp theme was filmmaker Eugene Lee Yang and his version of Zendaya’s light-up Cinderella look:

Not to be outdone by his The Try Guys castmate, comedian Ned Fulmer, took on Rihanna’s papal mini dress from 2018′s Heavenly Bodies:

Another take on the Rihanna look was bartender Sanja Nestorovic who recreated the gown out of newspaper:

Sanja actually recreated 11 Gala looks, each one as impressive as the next. Check out her Insta for the others. Designer Andrew Wang himself commented on her recreation of the gown he designed for Kylie Jenner.

Possibly the best use of a bath towel I’ve ever seen, this creative young lady recreated Diane Kruger’s Prabal Gurung gown from the Heavenly Bodies gala:

Possibly the cutest entry was this little ball of sparkly wonder recreating the Celine Dion masterpiece for last year’s Camp red carpet:


This family found a way to incorporate the challenge into a homeschool lesson as they recreated Rita Ora’s 2017 Marchesa look for the Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garcons theme:

Returning to last year’s Camp theme were these two masterpieces made out of recycled materials:

And, of course, you can’t really discuss last year’s Camp Gala without going full Gaga:

Not to be too much of a jerk, but this year’s theme was About Time: Fashion and Duration and was to be chaired by Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Lin-Manuel Miranda. While I enjoy all of those people, fashion is not the first thing I think of when they come to mind. So between the “whut?” theme and the chairs, I think I preferred this years’ virtual offering better.

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Photo credit: Instagram and WENN/Avalon

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15 Responses to “Who nailed Billy Porter’s at home #MetGalaChallenge?”

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  1. TQ says:

    Wow! Some of these looks are really good and proper creative.

    And love love love Billy Porter. He is everything.

    • Lady D says:

      I watched him on an episode of Law and Order SVU once and he really impressed me. I’ve been following him since.

  2. Eleonor says:

    LOVE IT!

  3. Esmom says:

    Holy cow, these are all amazeballs! I kept finding a favorite, then finding another one. The creativity and energy and commitment that went into these is inspiring. We need more of this to counter the absolute ugliness in so much of the media right now.

  4. Lisa says:

    Love it.

  5. BAddie says:

    Jaidotfoot won this one- she recreated the shape of Rihanna’s outfit perfectly! 👏🏾 👏🏾

  6. Kh6 says:

    Ned’s legs look good and his wife as the bodyguard has me dying.

  7. AnnaKist says:

    Well, I don’t know who a lot of these people are, so it made it all the more interesting and funny. Good work! That little glitterbaby’s face… just precious.

  8. SomeChick says:

    Love it! The Fug Girls are doing met gala retrospectives. So many glam lewks from years past!

  9. Olenna says:

    Fabulous, all of them! And, kudos to Billy for sparking so many people’s creativity and imagination. What a boon for the soul during these times!

  10. Mee says:

    The Rihanna foil and newspaper ones are great. So easy to rip. But they’re all great.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I love these! So creative and fun.
    I think Mindy’s with the fake beard might be my favorite though.

    I’ve also seen some awesome posts of people recreating famous paintings and such with household items.

  12. Babadook says:

    My favourite part of Ned’s is his wife Ariel pretending to be the guy in the background. Its a nice touch!

  13. Sof says:

    This was a great idea.
    They should have told regular people to interpret this year’s theme and wear what they have at home aswell, that would have been interesting.

  14. vanna says:

    I loved Bernadette Banners entry, which was a toilet paper recreation of Ariana Grande’s gown.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B_u-2OVAjpz/
    Anyhow you misspelled RIHANNA and Lin-ManuEL Miranda and I am appalled!