Words by Mystique Myrthil
October 10th, 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute announced the Spring 2019 theme and let’s say it’s definitely different from previous years. The theme of next year’s exhibition is…”Camp: Notes On Fashion” and will be on display from May 9th – September 8th, 2019. But, expect the exhibit to come to life on May 6th at the annual Met Ball fundraiser.
After last May’s iconic theme and most-visited exhibit, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination“, Curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, decided to go a bit bolder. The theme was inspired by American writer-philosopher Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes On “Camp”, which discusses how ‘camp’ could be constructed. According to Sontag, ‘camp’ means, “something of a private code, a badge of identity…”. But it is also more than that as she explains ‘camp’ can take on many forms throughout her essay.
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The @MetCostumeInstitute’s spring 2019 exhibition will be “Camp: Notes on Fashion” opening May 9, 2019 with #MetGala on Monday, May 6. It will explore the origins of the camp aesthetic and how it has evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’” provides the framework for the exhibition, which will examine how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with camp in compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways. // 1. Ensemble, Virgil Abloh (American, born 1980) for Off-White c/o @VirgilAbloh (Italian, founded 2013), pre-fall 2018 2. Shirt, Franco Moschino (Italian, 1950–1994) for House of @Moschino (Italian, founded 1983), spring/summer 1991 📷: Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2018 #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #MetCamp
As stated on The Met’s Instagram, the exhibit “…will explore the origins of the camp aesthetic and how it has evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture.” Expect to see Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE quoted styles and Gucci’s maximalist fashion. As Sontag said, “Camp sees everything in quotation marks. It’s not a lamp, but a “lamp”; not a woman, but a “woman”. To perceive Camp in objects and persons is to understand Being-as-Playing-a-Role.”
But that’s not all; the event will be co-chaired by A-list stars we’ve all come to love for their fashion sensibility- Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele, and Harry Styles who we’ve got bets on nailing this theme in one svelte move.
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