Camp: Notes on Fashion
Fashion’s biggest night of the year has been revealed, and it looks likely to be the most outrageous one to date. Entitled “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” the theme is inspired by cultural critic Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, which poses camp as the “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute will host the Met Gala Red Carpet on May 6 next year, and the show will be sponsored by none other than Gucci. Creative Director, Alessandro Michele has recently taken the luxury brand to outrageous heights with the minds of collaborators from Elton John to Dapper Dan. On his costumey runways, Michele has placed balaclavas, film company logos, Yankees team jerseys, and human heads on models, just to name a few.
Michele believes that Sontag’s essay perfectly describes camp as the unique ability to combine high art with popular culture. The exhibition, running from May to September, will feature over 175 objects dating from the 17th century to present day: including men’s and women’s wear, paintings and drawings, and even sculptures. Revealed designers range from Jean Paul Gaultier, to Miuccia Prada, Franco Moschino, and Gianni and Donatella Versace. The event will be hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Alessandro Michele, and of course, Vogue’s Anna Wintour.
It will certainly be a night and show that provokes cultural discussion while exploring trends and ultimately showing how irony, humor, parody and exaggeration are all expressed in fashion. Until May, all we can do is predict which celebrities and designers will create the best look with regards to the timely theme and who will go straight to the worst dressed list.