Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone at the Met Gala Red Carpet 2019, Twitter laughs along

The annual opportunity for celebrities to bring their zaniest best to the red carpet – the fund-raising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, better known as the Met Gala – was held in New York City on Monday. One of the biggest fashion events of the year, the Met Gala always makes headlines for its over-the-top costumes. But this year’s theme allowed attendees to dial up the extravagance to the maximum.

The Met Gala’s dramatic flair has also made it an annual opportunity for memes and jokes on social media. It’s a simple formula: the more outrageous an outfit. The more attention it gets on Twitter, which means lots of praise as well as lots of humour.

For Indian social media users, the Met Gala in recent years has been of increased interest. Because actresses Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have become regulars there.

Chopra, who has made head turns with her Met Gala looks since she debuted at the event in 2017, upped the ante this year with a silver Christian Dior gown. She was there with husband Nick Jonas.

Deepika Padukone, who has made arguably safer choices since she first attended the event in 2017, also took a bolder route this year, with a dramatic pink gown by Zac Posen. Some social media users placed themselves firmly on Team Deepika. The unanimous opinion was that she looked like an Indian Barbie doll.

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