It can be hard, in the moment of red-carpet jockeying, to remember that the Met Gala is not in fact an awards show, but a fund-raiser for a museum. The pressure is on to show that you are X designer’s muse, that you wore a fresh-off-the-runway (or better, custom) design, and that you can pull off a headdress whose weight falls squarely in the double digits — without toppling down the red carpet. It makes the Oscars look like child’s play, frankly.
Whether they went for feathers, shimmering gold hoodies, or pajamas, the competition was all over the place. Click through the slideshow to see our picks for the best, worst, and most “meh-ball” looks of the night.