The Met Gala holds a place in the fashion calendar similar to the Oscars’ role in the film industry, combining fashion, art, celebrity culture, and a running commentary and variety of memes on Twitter, as folks pass judgment on celebrity outfits while sitting on their couch in sweatpants.
Every year a theme is allocated to the event, corresponding to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring exhibition. Following last year’s controversial theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” which saw Rihanna arrive dressed in a pope outfit, the theme for 2019 will be “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”
The theme name is a reference to writer-philosopher Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’,” and according to the Met’s official Instagram, the theme 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.”
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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