Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute announced the theme of its upcoming fashion exhibition: camp, as in all things campy in fashion… Inspired by cultural critic Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp,” which posited different ways the concept can be construed. Sontag argued that camp is the “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration…style at the expense of content…the triumph of the epicene style. We’re wondering, could this theme get any crazier? I mean, we are literally witnessing a hell of an era politically, social media related and a number of fashion labels’ exaggerated designs!
Designers whose works will be featured include Thom Browne, Demna Gvasalia, Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Stephen Jones, Thierry Mugler, Rudi Gernreich, Franco Moschino, Miuccia Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, Gianni and Donatella Versace and Michele.
The level of anticipation is skyrocketing as to how the Hollywood and fashion guests at the first-Monday-in-May gala will top this year’s “Heavenly Bodies” red carpet, where they came dressed as saints, sinners, angels and even a female Pope. Co-chairs of the May 6 event will be Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Gucci’s Michele and Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Let the camp trip begin, we cannot wait for celebs to strike an exaggerated pose!