Last Monday, on May 6, the annual Met Gala was held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Celebrities from all around the country gathered to show off their unique fashion looks on the red carpet.
This year’s theme was "Camp: Notes On Fashion," referring to over-the-top fashion, not tents and sleeping bags. The couture exhibit was inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, which defines camp as "love of the unnatural ... of artifice and exaggeration." Last year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination" contained all the familiar faces, but in white and gold.
Camp fashion can range from humorous to simply extreme, meaning everyone already expected Lady Gaga and Rihanna to go all out on the carpet this year. Fittingly, the gala was co-hosted by two fashion aficionados: Lady Gaga and Harry Styles. The entire event was sponsored by Gucci. Gucci's Alessandro Michele and tennis star Serena Williams also joined the duo of pop stars as co-chairs of the gala.
Andrew Bolton, Head Costume Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, explained to The Times how camp styles are especially important in politics.
“We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool... ” Bolton went on. “Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp — Trump is a very camp figure — I think it’s very timely.”
The Met's exhibition for this year featured both men and women’s wear. Over 200 pieces of fashion were presented, along with sculptures, paintings and drawings from the 17th century. Pieces from designers like Virgil Abloh, Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld were put on display in the exhibit as well.
A large part of the showcase explored how irony, humor and theatricality are all expressed in the vast world of fashion. Other sections highlighted Versailles and queer subcultures of Europe dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Altogether, the night consisted of actors, designers, athletes and philanthropists all coming together to appreciate the glitz and glamor of the Met gala - Ryan Reynolds, Donatella Versace and Wendi Murdoch just to name a few. The different perspectives and creative minds of the participants is what makes the Met gala such an inspiring event for its participants.
Source: Marie Claire