The annual Mother of all Fashion extravaganza is here- MetGala 2019
For all you newbies:The Met (singular) is shorthand for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
and the MetGala is the annual opening of the new theme and collection of garments at the museum which will be on display this year.
Happens in New York. Has a different theme each year.
This year’s Theme: “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” a play on writer Susan Sontag’s seminal essay, “Notes on Camp.”
New York City’s largest museum is paying homage to Susan Sontag, and to camp. The exhibit has more than 200 pieces of “camp” that span several centuries. There’s an entire room dedicated to Sontag, who died in 2004 at the age of 71.
The exhibit will open to the public on Thursday and will be on display until early September.
What is CAMP?
A question that can only be answered by a few.
it’s definitely not camping with your friends or family in the wild or the back yard of your house.
This is “camp” like the aesthetic; like Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp,’” which serves as a framework for the gala’s theme and the Met’s “Camp” exhibition. She says
“Many of the things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the sensibility – unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it – that goes by the name of “Camp”
It is not a natural mode of sensibility if there be any such.
Indeed the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.
Camp is esoteric-…..”
All art I believe in their respective times is politically relevant. So was this Article and what it says.
Sontag might have not appreciated this event and neither this article, but again might have just loved it for the being a rebel.
Read the essay to understand it more or better confuse yourself further,
I would not go into the politics of the article and the furore it caused, because this piece is about the MetGala 2019 and some of the favourite Looks.
Sontag’s notes self explains what Camp is through the right examples.
“Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style – but a particular kind of style. it is the love of the exaggerated, the “off” of the things-being-what-they-are-not.
The best example is in Art Nouveau, the most typical and fully developed Camp style. Art Nouveau objects, typically, convert one thing into something else: the lighting fixtures in the form of flowering plants, the living room which is a grotto.”
Camp champions in the fluid nature and where lines are blurred. It is was makes people uncomfortable yet comfortable. as she says “Camp is the triumph of the epicene style. ( the convertibility of “man” and “woman”, “person” and “thing”) …Life is not Stylish. Neither is Nature.”
Now that we know what camp is .. things were expected to go crazy at this year’s MET Gala.
Here I pick for you my favourite Looks from MET Gala 2019 :
These Women so CAMP!
1. Janelle Monae
An animatronic feathered eyelash covering a breast, designed by Christian Siriano
Designed by Dundas, channelling the most camp artist ever, Cher.
3. Saoirse Ronan.
So Camp in Gucci
4. Lady Gaga
Back to being Extra but in sobered clothes, Gowns to Lingerie, Camp enough!
by Brandon Maxwell
5. Cardi B
Ten feet of tulle and silk organza of Thom Browne, topped with 30,000 burned and dyed coque feather, all topped off with a Stephen Jones x Thom Browne hat.
Moschino Chandelier Dress
Men, at the MET GALA 2019
But the Men, at the MET GALA 2019, were more camp than most women on their Camp-est day!
1. Billy Porter
He Shut down the Met Gala red carpet when he arrived on a litter—carried —in a theatrical nod to Ancient Egypt. The “Sun God” ensemble, by The Blonds, included a bejewelled outfitted with 10-foot wings, a 24-karat gold headpiece, as well as custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and fine jewels by Andreoli and Oscar Heyman
2. Jared Leto
In a long-sleeved red, silk gown encrusted with jewels from Gucci. the real showstopper was the decapitated wax-like replica of Leto’s own head, which he carried around like a macabre purse.
3. Ezra Miller
In a Burberry suit, Miller carried a face mask on a stick, hiding his own face painted with five optical-illusion eyeballs next to his real eyes, equalling seven eyes in total.
4.Harry Styles & Micheal Urie
Harry Styles opted for a ‘gender fluid’ Gucci look at the Met Gala.