The first Monday in May is a huge day in fashion, actually, the best day in fashion of the entire year. It’s the Oscars of the fashion world, and everyone waits all year long to see what the attendees are wearing and whom they are wearing. The most intriguing part of the whole event for me is that there’s always a theme, and that guests are highly encouraged to dress to the theme, although we always seem to see those tightly fitted mermaid dresses still.
Now, what is the Met Gala you ask? If you’re not familiar with it it’s a huge fundraising event for The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Met Gala’s attendees are all the largest names in fashion, film, art, and music, and they all come to celebrate the newest exhibition at The Costume Institute. The chair of the event is Anna Winter, and she selects co-chairs every year to join her. Last year’s exhibition was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. I’m extremely excited about this years theme because I love camp fashion.
“The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration”- Susan Sontag’s “Notes on Camp”
Camp today is often described as flamboyant and extravagant, and when you look at pieces that reflect camp it is most obvious why people would say this. The exhibition that the Met is showing is going to be along the lines of how Sontag displays it in her essays “Notes on Camp” and traces all the way back to the 17th century to current day. Moschino’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, along with Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2016 will be featured in the exhibition. Anna Sui is also another designer, who’s collection in ’94 has some pieces that are going to be on display. Also be on the lookout for pieces from John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Mugler, Alexander McQueen. A perfect collection to show to people when describing camp is Moschino’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection, which has amazing looks that are exactly camp. When you think of camp, think of when models walked down the runway at Gucci for Autumn/Winter 2018 carrying heads that were replicas of their own. This was oh so completely camp.
Camp fashion is humorous, extreme, and very theatrical, and I can’t wait to see what the best-dressed guests are going to be wearing this year. Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker- I’m talking to you!
“Camp is art that proposes itself seriously, but cannot be taken altogether seriously because it is “too much,” -Sontag
Men’s and women’s wear along with paintings, sculptures, and drawings are going to be featured in the exhibition as well. Starting back at the Louis XIV era and bringing it all full circle into collections today, I can’t wait to go see the exhibition. I love anything over the top and this exhibition is going to be just that.
Here are some examples of camp fashion
“The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.”
Xoxo, McKenna Ramona Jennings