Met Gala: 2019
Today, Anna Wintour announced the theme of the Met Gala - Camp: Notes On Fashion. The first Monday in May will see the inspiration of Susan Sontag’s essay written in 1964 Notes on “Camp” which suggested ways in which the concept of camp could be constructed. Met’s curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton said that he “felt it would have a lot of cultural resonance” – referring to our current cultural and political climate.
The exhibition will feature 200 fine art and fashion objects and will trace the origins of the subject from the 17th century to the present day. In her announcement Anna Wintour said, “basically, we go from sun kings to drag queens”. In terms of designers, we can expect to see Moschino, Gucci, Off-White and Schiaparelli on show.
Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele said: “This is a very important moment because we will collaborate on the creation of this fantastic exhibition that has a DNA that is related to my work, working to the expression of human nature... Camp is a beautiful word.” Paying tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, Michele went on to say, “I would like to seize this opportunity to thank Karl, who is no longer with us, who has been a great representative of fashion, and who had a great love for life and this kind of work.”
The 71st event will be co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles and Serena Williams. We can only assume ateliers and design housees are getting to work as we type.