The Met Gala 2019: Favourite Camp looks
When the first Monday in May arrives, nobody can escape the Met Gala posts on Social Media.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art decided “Camp” to be the Gala theme of 2019. The obvious definition of Camp came to my mind, and I was thinking of late nights by the fire making smores and sleeping in a tent. This as a Met Gala theme made absolutely no sense to me. So, I figured there had to be a definition of the word I hadn’t heard of yet.
The theme was inspired by an essay by Susan Sontag “Notes on Camp”, where she wrote 58 definitions to the word camp.
5. Camp taste has an affinity for certain arts rather than others. Clothes, furniture, all the elements of visual décor, for instance, make up a large part of Camp.
7. All Camp objects, and persons, contain a large element of artifice. Nothing in nature can be campy . . . Rural Camp is still man-made, and most campy objects are urban.
10. Camp sees everything in quotation marks. It’s not a lamp, but a “lamp”; not a woman, but a “woman.”
19. The pure examples of Camp are unintentional; they are dead serious.
24. When something is just bad (rather than Camp), it’s often because it is too mediocre in its ambition. The artist hasn’t attempted to do anything really outlandish.
25. The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.
54. The experiences of Camp are based on the great discovery that the sensibility of high culture has no monopoly upon refinement.
Celebrities attending the annual Met Gala have served us once again with unforgettable looks interpreting the definitions of Camp by Susan Sontag.
Here are my favourite looks from the Met Gala 2019:
Do you have something “Camp” in your closet?