Irish activist and educator Sinéad Burke has become the first little person to attend the Met Gala, considered one of the world's biggest fashion events.

The annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is famed for its A-list celebrities and haute couture gowns.

This year the theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion - to coincide with an upcoming exhibition at the Met, inspired by US writer and political activist Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

Writing in British Vogue, Burke said attending the Met Gala had been "a dream and an objective".

Her dress, designed by Gucci, "was not a costume but a reflection of me as a person and a way in which I could communicate my advocacy to the world."

Irish actors Saoirse Ronan and Ruth Negga were among the other guests attending the star-studded event.

Trends on the pink carpet included gold lame and sequins, feathers, neon, and oversized sleeves, skirts and trains.