Met Gala Announces Official Theme and Hosts For 2019 Exhibition

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We’re used to seeing a bunch of campy outfits every time the Met Gala rolls around, but they’re going to be welcomed in 2019. “Camp: Notes on Fashion” will serve as the official theme for next year’s exhibition.

According to the official website of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the upcoming exhibition 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.

This exciting theme was framed around Susan Sontag’s seminal essay Notes on Camp from 1964. The exhibition is set to explore all the ways fashion designers engaged with camp in a myriad of compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways.

Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, revealed they picked this theme because they felt it’s very relevant to the current cultural climate. He believes this theme is very timely because we’re going through an extreme camp moment as a society, but we shouldn’t forget sophistication and power that comes with it.

Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibit will take place from May 9 to September 8, 2019. The grand opening will be marked on May 6 with the annual Met Gala, hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams.

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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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