The Met Gala is without a doubt the biggest night of the year in fashion’s calendar.
Who could forget last year’s memorable looks that fit perfectly with the theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination.
There was Rihanna dressed as a fashionable pope, Katy Perry as an actual angel with the most anti-social wings, Ariana Grande looking like an actual work of art and Zendaya’s armour and chain-mail gown inspired by Joan of Arc.
And the theme of the 2019 Met Gala has just been revealed and it looks like fashion fans are in for some serious sartorial treats. Drumroll…
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the theme of its 2019 Costume Exhibition – “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”
The party, which is basically the most A-list red carpet ever, is held on the first Monday in May.
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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
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This year it will be hosted by US Vogue editor and artistic director of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour, as well as Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Lady Gaga.
According to the New York Times, the theme is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, “Notes on ‘Camp’,” which defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifices and exaggeration.”
Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, said that he had been exploring the possible theme for the last few years.
He explained: “We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalised cultures.
“Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp — Trump is a very camp figure — I think it’s very timely. Much of high camp is a reaction to something.”
The countdown is on…
Taken from GLAMOUR UK, read the original here.
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