Lady Gaga baffles in bizarre munchkin dress as she arrives at pre-Met Gala bash

It wasn't quite on a par with that time she rocked up to the 2011 Grammy Awards encased in an egg.

But Lady Gaga still managed to leave everyone scratching their heads when she arrived at the pre-Met Gala party wearing a bizarre muchkin dress on Saturday night.

The black and white-striped frock featured no shortage of ruching, swamping her petite 5ft 1in frame.

She teamed the edgy gown with an impractical miniature handbag which she carried on one manicured finger, and an equally impractical pair of towering black platform boots.

Harry Styles turned up to Vogue boss Anna Wintour's bash wearing a pair of black wide-legged trousers that featured an extremely high waist.

He paired his white shoes with a simple white vest, and threw a vintage red velvet smoking jacket over the top in a nod to the fifties.

Tennis ace Serena Williams went for the more sensible option, pairing a lime green dress with a long denim blazer and nude heel.

The outfits were in keeping with this year's Met Gala 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' theme, as was the location at New York's Stonewall Inn, which was the site of the 1969 demonstrations by the LGBTQ community.

Every year on the first Monday of May a host of stars and fashionistas come together to celebrate and support the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest exhibition.

Naturally interpretations of the theme are generally as flamboyant as possible as the stars attempt to grab headlines on the red carpet – and tonight's event is expected to be no exception.

Previous themes have included Punk: Chaos to Couture, China: Through the Looking Glass and Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

This year the theme is based on American writer and activist Susan Sontag’s first major essay, Notes on ‘Camp’, which she wrote in 1964.

It was chosen by the curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, because he felt Susan’s essay was a good fit for what is going on culturally and politically in the world at this moment in time.

The exhibition in the museum looks at the origins of ‘Camp’ from the 17th century and the court of Versailles to today.

Sontag wrote that camp is: “the love of the exaggerated, the ‘off’ of things-being-what-they-are-not."

She also said it was “the metaphor of life as theatre” and “the attempt to do something extraordinary. But extraordinary in the sense, often, of being special, glamorous.”

And a quote we predict Lady Gaga may use as inspiration: “The whole point of camp is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious.”

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