Last year's theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”Featuring both men's and womenswear, the Met's "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition will feature over 200 pieces of fashion, along with sculptures, paintings, and drawings from the 17th century through today. Camp, Sontag writes, is all about artifice, exaggeration, and superficial style over content, and yet it’s “dead serious.” “she only references two examples of fashion in her essay — “women’s clothes of the twenties,” and “a dress made of three million feathers”
“Camp is an aesthetic in which something has appeal because of its bad taste or ironic value. When the term first appeared in 1909, it was used to refer to ostentatious, exaggerated, affected, theatrical, effeminate or homosexual behaviour."
So my general consesus of this theme... birds/dramatic feathers, theatrics, irony, and exaggeration.
Cardi B in Thom Browne - Best Met Gala look; winner of camp in my opinion, very extra, very different, young, fun, fresh. She “dead seriously” wore $500,000 ruby nipples, talk about exaggeration and lets not forget the long thick quilted tail and gorgeous embellished head piece. Theatrical, and superficial indeed. A++
Jordan Roth in Iris Van Herpen - “For me, I gravitate to the performative ideas of camp, both the artifice and exaggeration, but also the metaphor of life as theater. That’s where I live,” Roth told Vogue. Self explanatory. Gotta love the surprise effect and performing aspect, a beautiful caftan that turns into an entire mural from the mideival era by “opening the curtains” like a stage, very clever.
Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano - Very corky, unconventional, whimsical, yet still sexy. The mismatched face on her dress was very “eye-catching” and the multiple stacked top-hats was great for exaggeration.
Kendall Jenner in Versace - The color choice was great. A vibrant yet earthy-tone orange, dramatic feathers yet still very youthful sexy and classy and true to Kendall's fashion style.
Jared Leto in Gucci - Great opportunity to pull a look straight from the runway. Very camp, very extra (creepy, attention-grabbing) with the floating clone head, theatrical and superficial most definitely.
Cara Develigne - Very unique in expressing “superficial style over content.” The head piece was very well exaggerated and whimsical. Very on theme, like when the term was first presented in 1909, referring to theatrics and homosexual behavior with the rainbow colors.
Katy Perry in Moschino - by default because it is such a GaGa look. Love the theatrical and whimsical idea behind this look.
Gigi Hadid in custom Michael Kors - Very glamourous, looked like an extra-terrestrial movie character from the future inspired by the 1970s.
Great looks but not quite on theme:
- Celine Dion in Oscar De La Renta
- Regina Hall in Dapper Dan
- Lucy Boynton in Prada
- Pom Klementieff in Salvatore Ferragamo
- Naomi Campbell in Valentino & Bulgari jewelry
- Bella Hadid in Moschino