Notes on Met GalaDefining Camp

Met Gala was all about individuality and bold glamour. A succulent creative space
for designers inventiveness and the flair of guests interpreting their pieces.

“A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to talk about; but there are special reasons why Camp, in particular, has never been discussed. 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 […] I am strongly drawn to Camp, and almost as strongly offended by it. That is why I want to talk about it, and why I can. For no one who wholeheartedly shares in a given sensibility can analyze it; he can only, whatever his intention, exhibit it. To name a sensibility, to draw its contours and to recount its history, requires a deep sympathy modified by revulsion. “ – Susan Sontag 


And here we are, early morning, right after Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala, one of the biggest event in the fashion industry raising funds for the Costume Institute and anticipating the opening of spring 2019 exhibition CAMP: Notes on Fashion curated by Andrew Bolton.
Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, the retrospective explores the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag‘s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion; and if there is an aesthetic perfectly fitting with this whimsical and fascinating theme is certainly Gucci.

The brand sponsored the event and Creative director Alessandro Michele served as co-host accompanied by an ensamble of 25 Gucci campy dressed guests and the now unforgettable Jared(s) Leto(s).
Also know as the Super Bowl of Fashion the Met Gala was all about individuality and bold glamour leaving succulent creative space both for designers inventiveness and the flair of personalities interpreting their pieces giving life to their best version of camp whether that meant wearing marabou feathers, candy coloured wigs, crystal, outlandish metallic lashes or dealing with a four different costume changes (of course, that happened to).

No more words are needed. We’ll let the images speak.

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Maddalena Iodice