MET GALA 2019 - Camp: Notes on Fashion

Susan Sontag’s seminal “treatise” on “camp” would have you understand that to manufacture “camp” is to create something entirely unsatisfying. How interesting, then, that the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and Anna Wintour chose to pose the challenge of capturing “camp” to attendees. Click through the gallery below for some of the most extravagant — and dare I say — “campiest” attendees of the night.

“Camp sees everything in quotation marks. It's not a lamp, but a "lamp"; not a woman, but a "woman." To perceive Camp in objects and persons is to understand Being-as-Playing-a-Role. It is the farthest extension, in sensibility, of the metaphor of life as theater.”

Read Sontag’s essay “Notes on ‘Camp’” here.

Additional notes on camp: