Amman, October 10, 2018
by Yasmeen Shawwa

The 2019 Met Gala Theme Revealed

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute announced the theme of its upcoming fashion exhibition: camp, as in all things campy in fashion… Inspired by cultural critic Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp," which posited different ways the concept can be construed. Sontag argued that camp is the "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration...style at the expense of content...the triumph of the epicene style. We’re wondering, could this theme get any crazier? I mean, we are literally witnessing a hell of an era politically, social media related and a number of fashion labels’ exaggerated designs!

We’re expecting irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, excess, extravagance, nostalgia, and exaggeration..

Sponsored by none other than Gucci, "Camp: Notes on Fashion," will be exhibited throughout May 9th till September 8th, 2019..

For Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele, Sontag's essay "perfectly expresses what camp truly means to me: the unique ability of combining high art and pop culture."

The exhibition will feature approximately 175 objects, including men's and women's fashion, sculptures, paintings and drawings dating from the 17th century to the present, including positioning the court of Versailles as "camp Eden," and addressing the concept of se camper ("to posture boldly" or pose) in the royal courts of Louis XIV and Louis XV. It will also address camp's origins in queer subcultures dating back to the late 19th century, and explore how irony, humor, parody and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.

Designers whose works will be featured include Thom Browne, Demna Gvasalia, Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Stephen Jones, Thierry Mugler, Rudi Gernreich, Franco Moschino, Miuccia Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, Gianni and Donatella Versace and Michele.

The level of anticipation is skyrocketing as to how the Hollywood and fashion guests at the first-Monday-in-May gala will top this year's "Heavenly Bodies" red carpet, where they came dressed as saints, sinners, angels and even a female Pope. Co-chairs of the May 6 event will be Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Gucci's Michele and Vogue's Anna Wintour. Let the camp trip begin, we cannot wait for celebs to strike an exaggerated pose!

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