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Met Gala 2019: Jared Leto Brings His Own Head Onto the Red Carpet

The Gucci muse nodded toward a runway moment.


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Jared Leto‘s plus-one to the Met Gala tonight was his own severed head. Well, at least a very detailed reproduction of it. Though it might have seemed like a random choice to some, fashion folks knew instantly what he was referencing: Gucci’s fall 2018 collection.

Leto is not only a personal friend and muse to Gucci’s dynamo creative director Alessandro Michele, but is also, alongside Lana Del Rey, the current face of the brand’s Gucci Guilty scent. Michele is not only among Monday night’s Camp-themed Met Gala’s official cohosts (with some of his creations on display in the actual exhibit), but Gucci is also the main sponsor of this year’s event. So the stars were certainly aligned for Leto to make a big, red carpet scene-stealing Gucci reference, and that he did.

For the brand’s fall 2018 collection, Michele concocted an instant runway classic moment by having flaxen-haired model Unia Pakhomova open the show carrying an exact replica of her own cranium. About 70 looks later, male model Dwight Hoogendijk also appeared with his own head. That show in particular was inspired by Donna Haraway’s 1984 essay “A Cyborg Manifesto,” though some critics also drew comparisons to the Christian art trope of Cephalophores, or statues of saints who carry their own head to represent that they were martyred through beheading.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 06: Jared Leto attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

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A model presents a creation by Gucci during the women’s Fall/Winter 2018/2019 collection fashion show in Milan, on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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The heads became such a spectacle among fashion types that it even spawned its own meme: the #GucciChallenge. A who’s who of fashion posed with their friends’ heads in hand and posted the results on Instagram.

According to British Vogue, those props were concocted by Italian special effects house Makinarium. The models had to have their heads both digitally scanned and physically molded, with the reproductions made out of silicone and polyurethane resins. Even the eyes were painstakingly crafted to resemble the model’s own. It’s likely that Jared Leto had to go through a similar process in order to construct his untraditional plus-one. No word on whether the head had to purchase its own ticket to the event.

Related: The #GucciChallenge Is Sweeping Instagram

Met Gala 2019: See What Celebrities Wore on the Red Carpet

Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Emily Ratajkowski attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Miley Cyrus wears Saint Laurent at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Karlie Kloss attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Lady Gaga attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Aquaria attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Taron Egerton attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Camila Mendes attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Ashley Graham attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Billy Porter attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Lady Gaga attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Serena Williams attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Harry Styles wears Gucci The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Laverne Cox wears Christian Siriano The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Anna Wintour wears Chanel The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Bee Shaffer attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Wendi Deng Murdoch attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Zoe Kravitz wears Saint Laurent at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Alessandro Michele attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Hamish Bowles wears Maison Martin Margiela at the 2019 Met Gala celebrating “Camp: Notes on Fashion” in New York City, May 2019.

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Regina Hall wears Dapper Dan at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Bevy Smith attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Sara Sampaio wears August Getty to The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Céline Dion wears Oscar de la Renta to The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Dapper Dan attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Caroline Trentini attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Wendy Yu attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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