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:
Rachel Syme’s piece for the New Yorker, “The Met Gala 2019: It May Not Have Been Camp, But It Was Fashion”
Benjamin Moser (Sontag’s soon-to-be biographer)’s Town & Country article, “Why Susan Sontag Would Have Hated a Camp-Themed Met Gala”
Olivia B. Waxman’s piece for Time: “'The Word Is Camp': What to Know About the Inspiration for This Year’s Met Gala, as Explained in 1964”