Last year’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at the 2018 Met Gala was a controversial one that gave us so many amazing fashion moments. It’s a hard theme to top but this year’s theme will be going in a different direction.
“We are going through an extreme camp moment,” explains Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, to The New York Times. “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, especially for marginalized cultures.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the theme for next year’s Costume Institute exhibition (On October 9) will be framed around Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp,'” with Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele have also ben named as co-hosts alongside Vogue‘s editor in chief Anna Wintour.
So what can we expect to see for this year’s momentous fashion occasion? Bolton mentions the idea of surplus — “A bow that’s too big, too many feathers, too many sequins” — which perfectly resonates with Sontag’s definition of what camp is: the “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration . . . style at the expense of content . . . the triumph of the epicene style.” And as for Gucci’s creative director, without whom this exhibition wouldn’t have been made possible, camp means one thing: “the unique ability of combining high art and pop culture.”
This sounds like a fun theme that will give us lots of new iconic fashion moments. Now, we patiently and excitedly wait and see how our favorite celebrities will interpret this year’s new theme for the occasion.