Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond and Actress and Producer Lena Waithe made a huge fashion statement last year when they walked the pink carpet at the 2019 Met Gala. Last year’s theme was Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art.
They both wore custom suits made by Pyer Moss, Kerby’s clothing brand, that displayed powerful messages on throughout the entire outfit. The design was well thought out to the point of having powerful messages look like pinstripes, and each button represented an iconic person.
Lena’s suit had lyrics to famous LGBT Anthems like “I Will Survive”, “I’M Coming Out”, and “We Are Family” which helped make her statement about the roots of camp. Most of these songs were sung by iconic black women, used as soundtracks for drag performances, and played in gay bars for decades. Black drag queens played a huge role in pioneering camp, and she made sure that homage was paid to them. On the back of her suit read, “Black Drag Queens Invented Camp” in bold back letters.
Kerby’s suit was lined with beautiful gold buttons that paid tribute to some of his favorite rappers. They included: 2Pac, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake, Nipey Hussle, Meek Mill, and Jay Z. Each line on his suit was a line from each rapper. Also, to pay homage to the Black Lives Matter movement, he had three gold fists on the end of the sleeves. On the back of his suit read, “Fix your Credit. Pool Money. Buy Back the Block.” In bold red letters.
These suits were unmatched and deserved a spot in our “Outfits you Ought to Know!”