In Dior Haute Couture

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Wearing Dior Haute Couture, Priyanka attended the 2019 Met Gala on Monday evening. I know this look will get very polarizing views but keep in mind that the theme of this year’s gala was “Camp: Notes On Fashion,” a play on writer Susan Sontag’s seminal essay, “Notes on Camp.”.

To go with the theme was to do something in exaggeration which Ms. Chopra sure did and I loved it!


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  1. She nailed the theme all right. It was camp and she fits it to a T. That said, every time I look at her I am reminded of Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland reference here) going off saying “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!”. Also, I am so disappointed that Vogue’s website has hardly covered her look or commented on it. In fact she is not on their slideshow of the best-dressed list. Maybe it is the subjective opinion of one writer.

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    • Just because we care about our stars doesn’t mean everyone should. Many great actress with two season series and flip movies walk the red carpet and Met. Vogue doesn’t bother about them either.

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      • I think that Priyanka was interpretive of Camp as the theme. She was on the Met Gala committee (not some random flop actress who turned up). She has been on a solo cover this year. She understood the theme. She was not on the nose or literal as a fantasy/historical character which I find many celebs took. And yet, this list by Vogue celebrated Billy Porter (who I loved at the Oscars in Christian Siriano) who ended up channeling Cleopatra at Halloween. So did many other celebs. Surely the idea was to be cheeky and not celebrate Halloween in May. Lastly, we should stop dissing Priyanka as a nobody. She has represented us very well internationally and has gone a long way in changing some perceptions about India – especially this idea that Indian women are all shy, retiring and have no opinions. Many international publications still think of us as a land of just elephants, camels and snakes – I am pointing at you New York Times.

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        • And let me preempt any comments which says there is no stereotype about Indian women. Just look at Priyanka’s interview with Wendy Williams, her recent appearance on the View with Joy Behar, and you can go all the way back to Aishwarya’s first appearance on Oprah. The sheer ignorance is mesmerizing.

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        • Suvaqua24
          Totally agree with your words. Have always felt that too many comments on here are about trashing priyanka chopras achievements globally and make her sound out to be a nobody. Weird why we would rather do that than appreciate where her work has taken her.

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        • Much like you know the internals of fashion. I happen to know a bit or two about PR and media. And just hope that Priyanka’s ways are not what inspires other girls to try and make in to Hollywood. There are lot of Indians who have repressed India much better and much more dignified way. She is no A-lister there while in India she is. It isn’t a diss but a fact.

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          • I know she is not an A-lister in the US. Also, I don’t know which “ways” of hers you are talking about. But I respectfully disagree. She has moved the needle for us significantly. Many actresses before her such as Aishwarya Rai and Frieda Pinto succumbed to playing bit roles or the exotic Asian woman in Hollywood. She is playing some similar characters in films but at least she broke the mould with a television series on a network television. She has had far more visibility on American television than any other Indian actor and has made a sustained effort and continues to do so. Clearly, we have a difference of opinion.

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        • Really!!!! Is Priyanaka responsible for perception change of India??? Wonder what our hard working IT and other sectors do! She not being on Vogue has nothing to do with Perception. It is just that she isnt liked there personally. Dont forget a nasty article about her sometime back… and shouldn’t be a big deal for her at this point.

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          • hahahaha the nasty article was taken down for being nasty and false and libellous and tons of people ‘there’ defended her.

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          • They still think of us as the IT call centre people. The BPO people who nag them. They know nothing about our IITs, our space program, etc. Yes racism still exists (in our country too). And that article was in the Cut (a subsidiary of the New York magazine) by Mariah Smith who clearly had an agenda and was way off mark in that article. I would say that Vogue has developed quite a working relationship with Priyanka Chopra – you only need to see their recent history together. Which is why I said that the list was perhaps subjective and the opinion of one writer. Harper’s Bazaar certainly included her – another magazine with which she has developed a working relationship.

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            • Bingo! Well said. She has been included in the lists I’ve been seeing today – Vox, People.com and am proud of her achievements too.

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            • Indians are CEO’s of major American Corporations and Indian Americans have on an average the highest income of any minority group (barring the Jewish community). Living here in the US for over twenty years, it’s clear to me and many other Indian-Americans that Americans absolutely do not think of Indians as call-centre people. And it’s certainly even more fallacious to think that Bollywood actresses glorify India on the world-stage.

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              • As an INDIAN who has lived in US for the last eight years, I have to disagree. Satya Nadella, Sundar Pichai and Indra Nooyi (Indian Americans not Indians) may be commonplace names in business circles in New York or in Cupertino/Silicon Valley but in the entertainment world or public life, Indian faces are missing. And I am talking Indian NOT assimilated Indian Americans – Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal (Indian only by heritage). Hassan Minhaj, Mindy Kaling are out and out Indian Americans. You have a plethora of Australians. Brits, New Zealanders, etc. in public life in the US. Priyanka, Deepika, Freida, Nimrat represent women who have worked their way from India to the States for work. And for every country that develops hard power, soft power is a must too. These actors are working to present an image of India that is more relevant and less orientalist in its nature. They are not glorifying India but certainly are at the forefront of starting a conversation about Indians as people who are not stereotypes. And lastly, it is not as if the Americans have not stereotyped Indian Americans too – all too often they trot out spelling bee champions as your representation on television. It is only in the last few years that any Indian American faces have gained traction in film or television. Lastly, it is a must to make a distinction between assimilated Indian Americans who sound less foreign or have natural accents and Indians who sound foreign to American ears. To believe that stereotypes of us as call centre of H1B visa hunting techies have disappeared is even more fallacious, given the times that the United States is in.
                P.S. We should really stop lording this income of minority group argument. Indian Americans are indeed driven but also represent the cream of the crop that developed as a result of immigrant parents. The multitude of Indians working in the US cannot be confused with this cream. There are many illegals, techies on visas, students, etc. and this just sounds all wrong.

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  2. Okay so a couple of things here….firstly, her dress is wow! and it’s so nice to see an Indian actor actually stick to the theme and take such incredibly risks on the red carpet….

    BUT…whilst I get the whole point of the MET gala is to push boundaries and go beyond your comfort zone, I still think the focus should first be on looking good and then looking crazy (call me a traditionalist in that sense). There’s no point pushing creative limits if you just end up looking bad and in Priyanka’s case, the hair and makeup makes her look bad. It does not suit her. Period.

    Also, P and P please include more commentary on looks as the entire purpose of this blog is mitigated if you guys provide such limited opinions (especially on posts as big as the met gala) whereas for a Manish Malhotra house party you will go into a pHd analysis of all the guests’ hair, makeup, shoes, choker, toe-ring etc…it’s fun when you guys participate!!

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    • PnP – Now add a P.S. to your comment :) would really like yo know what you guys think.
      I for 1 loved her look… she stuck to the theme n is all over the place ..hahaha…

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    • the make up is her big let down.. better craft and that look would’ve been 80 rocker! also, the dress is soo tight its making her look plump.. the pelvic slit.. its really giving a fat layer look. not a nice dress, the only good bit is the hair.. and the accessories that speak somewhat of the imagined look. its a bit of a badly done job.

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  3. Spectacular! Dont understand the theme but I love this look…funky , edgy and the makeup is so cool. Hubby looks boring.

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  4. Theme may be all things outlandish …but PC looks ‘clownish meets cheap ‘… besides the awful feathers and fried hair, the make up is so crude in close ups. As if a kid had a go at her face .

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  5. The theme is a little out ther ( vague to the uninitiated ), so the interpretations are a little out there too! Well she didn’t play it safe so kudos to that. But with Nick Jonas channeling Clark Gable the whole look teeters on the edge of Met meets Halloween!

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  6. Wow – she went all out and I am here for it. This is OTT and quite on theme. Loving it. You just cannot ignore her fashion moment here. There is so much packed in with this appearance starting from the hair, make up, head-gear, the dress and the shoes. I think she totally nailed it and I love it that she has become one of the people to watch out for, at the MET gala.

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      • yaar usne full baal banaye, khud ka makeup karvaaya, husband ko sahi makeup lagvaya (i doubt he has team as competent as Priyanka’s!), aapko 1 cm abodomen dekh kar sirf slit hi dikh raha hai?

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  7. I think she did great. I have always complained that India actresses tend to always lean towards looking pretty rather than follow the theme (case in point Deepika) hard and I think PeeCee delivered this time around. She has the attending mad hatter’s tea party vibe going on while it’s not Camping hard, it is Camping. Anyone else feel like she walked out of the Sucker video on to the Met Gala ;)

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  8. Full marks to her for going by the brief… The look is outlandish, crazy and super OTT… But that’s the essence of the MET Gala event, right? It has never been an event about elegant gowns, well coiffed hair and poised looks! Their themes are about pushing boundaries! I think she nailed it!

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  9. When your vision is the intersection of three sets in a Venn diagram; Mad Hatter + Jimi Hendrix + Cassata ice cream inspired dress.

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  10. I think there is a fine line between looking cute and fun vs scary. I wish she did not do the white dot on the forehead and such a dark lip. If she’d chosen a lighter pink similar to earrings and done a fun more colourful shoe , the look would have pulled together better.

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  11. Weeeee lovee – – weeeee love — PC!!
    love the drama in eyes and glorious face with the full high slit, she owns the look !!

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  12. There is something to be said about not caring to be pretty and cute. She didn’t play safe and she was so on point. She doesn’t seem to have any insecurities. She probably changed it up for the after party if there was one.

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  13. I want to like this look so bad but i dont.. the white on the eyebrows look weird.. the legging is so obvious, the mesh should blend in with the skin.. the top looks amateur and cheap… sigh.. doesnt look like a dior at all.. not comparable as different outfits but kim k’s look was so on point for the image she wanted to portray.. this one looks lost in translation

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    • yaaa they do funny things like this gala and raise lots of money to preserve and promote art that will will be appreciated by generations and generations to come. even i don’t understand

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  14. Honestly, I do not understand MET and the themes. It looks like everyone else does. Can someone please give a little explanation?

    Also, I saw a few close up shots on Social media, the earrings and neckpiece looks like from road side market.

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    • It’s basically a fundraiser.. attended by stars from Hollywood.. and rest of the big guys all over. There’s no science or legend to it. Just a hyped fundraiser. Lots of great marketing attached to it which wouldn’t come by as marketing to even commoners. A fanfare of many sorts for those who can stash money and enjoy doing so.

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  15. MET is a place where you can go OTT and be super creative. It’s a museum gala, not an award’s night or a film festival. She doesn’t need to always look pretty/cute/posh. She can do fun(comical/scary even) and uninhibited looks at certain occasions. It’s her interpretation of the theme. So chill.

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  16. I don’t think the point of Met Gala is to look conventionally “good.” Yes PC’s look at first is jarring but the more I looked at it, read about the theme, and look at other attendees’ outfits, I believe she did great. Without focusing on her make-up, the dress in itself was fun and elegant. I don’t PC looks clownish at all, she embraced the theme and looks regal!

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  17. I like how her focus in on ‘looking good’ as per conventional norms. There are only so many times that one could dress up as crazy as possible and get away with it, then why not. She has the rest of the 364 days to look pretty.

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  18. PC looks edgy but not attractive… that make should have been toned down a tad! Especially whatever she has done to her eyes and eyebrows…

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  19. It’s a little hard to like it. I think the outfit is making her look disprotionate more than anything which is distracting most of all. Can I say, she went all out on the theme which takes a lot of guts to pull off, sure but is it working, sorry no! I think her previous MetGala looks were much on point.

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  20. I accept I have personal prejudices about her but man! She put herself front and center in the theme. Very well done. It takes a certain level of confidence, comfort and fame to be able to go all out and experiment to the extent that she has. My only very minor gripe is that the dress is making her look a wee-bit stocky. Wish the designers could have done better on that front. This met gala is all for creativity and ott-ness which she delivers in plenty!

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  21. I feel like for the most part she fits the theme and her hair and outfit is great. But to me camp is as if the person revels in being intentionally OTT, but perhaps is oblivious to how it’s in “bad taste”. But her make up instead of being OTT (but not necessarily pretty), was costume-y and halloween-y. It’s not living it up OTT, it became more like dress up as a fictional character. If she did garish and OTT make up e.g. deepikas lip colour which was totally loud and unmatched and unnecessary with so much she already had going on – I think would fit the theme better. I think the make up changes my interpretation of her otherwise on point appearance.

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  22. Can someone explain what camp theme means? And how did Priyanka nail the theme? I am genuinely asking. As I am not able to understand it.

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