The Met Gala theme for next year has just been announced

What will RiRi do this time?

Source: Gucci

Source: Gucci

The theme for everyone’s favourite ball, the Met Gala has been announced for 2019 — and it’s ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. To launch the annual exhibit by The Metropolitan Museum, celebrities are encouraged to dress to the arranged theme — one which is always meticulously planned and well-researched.

In a statement, the museum said the theme originated from a 1964 essay by Susan Sontag, Notes on “Camp”. In her essay, Sontag described “camp” as love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration... style at the expense of content… the triumph of the epicene style”. 

On the surface, camp is an aesthetic style based on its flamboyant nature.  However, dig a little deeper and you will realise that camp is more than just being over-the-top — it’s about exaggerating the serious until it becomes playful and frivolous. “Camp‘s disruptive nature and subversion of modern aesthetic values has often been trivialized, but this exhibition will reveal its profound influence on both high art and popular culture,” said Met Gala director, Max Hollein

Camp as an expressive style fits very well into today’s cultural conversation. According to the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, the world is an extreme moment in camp, commonly used to express messages in marginalised groups. "Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp — Trump is a very camp figure — I think it’s very timely. Much of high camp is a reaction to something.” 

The exhibition will examine how fashion designers have been influenced by camp in different ways throughout the years. The exhibit is set to feature roughly 175 objects, including clothing pieces, sculptures, paintings and drawings.

The theme seems a lot more light-hearted than last year’s "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, one that received a lot controversy due to ‘cultural appropriation’ claims. Despite this, last year’s Heavenly Bodies was still the most visited exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 148-year history. Will next year’s theme surpass this success?

With co-chairs of the Gala, Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Anna Wintour, we can’t wait to see the outfits for next year. The "Camp: Notes on Fashion" will run from the 9th of May to the 8th of September next year.

Words by Jenny Qian

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