The Costume Institute Spring 2019 exhibition will be Camp: Notes on Fashion.
Notes on Fashion will explore the origins of the camp aesthetic and how it has evolved from the fringes of style to become an important influence on mainstream culture.
Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp’ provides the framework for the exhibition, examining how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with camp in a myriad of compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways.
The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration. And Camp is esoteric — something of a private code, a badge of identity even, among small urban cliques. – Susan Sontag, Notes on Camp, 1964
Max Hollein, Director of The Met said that the exhibition will reveal Camp’s profound influence on both high art and popular culture.
In celebration of the opening, The Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on Monday 6 May, 2019. The evening’s co-chairs will be Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Anna Wintour.
The exhibition is made possible by Gucci, with additional support provided by Condé Nast.