Met Gala 2019: When 'Camp' Ruled The Red Carpet
The annual Met Gala 2019 just happened and boy, what an evening! The Met Gala celebrates the coming together of art, fashion, film and music where renowned names from the different artistic industry come together for the museum’s latest exhibition launch.
It was founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert and initially dubbed “The Party of the Year” and first held in 1948 in order to encourage donations from New York’s high society for the Costume Institute.
Today, the Gala is popular around the world for its mind-boggling theme surrounding the night. Over the years, we have seen a number of interesting themes like “Goddess: The Classical Mode”, “Manus x Machina” and last year’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”.
So, what was the theme for this year’s Met Gala? The Metropolitan Museum of Art gave out the theme for the Costume Institute for 2019: ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. This theme is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay ‘Notes On ‘Camp’’. The essay is widely credited to have introduced the notion of ‘Camp’ to the mainstream. Sontag had once explained to Partisan Review that, “The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”
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Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s Curator, shared his insights on the theme. He admitted that the theme had been on his radar for years and has “become increasingly more mainstream in its pluralities – political camp, queer camp, pop, camp, the conflation of high and low, the idea that there is no such thing as originality”.
Andrew told the NYT: “We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalized cultures.”
Take a look at these stars who graced the Gala red carpet: