The theme for Met Gala 2019 which was on May 9th was “Camp: Notes On Fashion” and we were definitely not disappointed with the over the top looks and fashion moments.
“Camp: Notes On Fashion”, the theme of the Met Gala, 2019 definitely didn’t mean not camp as in sleeping bags and tents, but camp as in exaggerated fashion. The exhibit is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay that defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” Camp fashion can be humorous, ironic, or simply extreme in its nature
The gala was co-hosted by two campy fashion aficionados: Lady Gaga and Harry Styles. Fittingly the entire 2019 event was sponsored by Gucci. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele along with tennis icon Serena Williams also joined the two pop stars as co-chairs of the 2019 gala.
Featuring both men’s and womenswear, the Met’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition featured over 200 pieces of fashion, along with sculptures, paintings, and drawings from the 17th century through today. A large part of the exhibition explored how irony, humour, parody, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.
The works of designers from Virgil Abloh to Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo, Mugler, Bob Mackie, Karl Lagerfeld, and more were featured in the exhibit. Fresh off the Couture Week runways, the Viktor & Rolf slogan couture gowns that sparked an endless stream of memes were also on display.
Andrew Bolton, Costume Institute curator, told the Times. “Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp — Trump is a very camp figure — I think it’s very timely.”
Other sections will highlight Versailles along with queer subcultures of Europe and America dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.