This year’s Met Gala theme puzzled everyone, but I think in a sense the puzzlement also personified how the fashion industry acts at times.
When people first heard that the theme was “camp,” most people immediately thought of their summer nights in the woods, going on hikes and sleeping next to a campfire in a cozy little tent. Hence, when the layman saw the outrageous outfits that celebrities came out in, their confusion was warranted.
The layman that wants to be in the know, however, did a quick google search to find out that this year’s “camp” theme was defined by Susan Sontag’s essay, “Notes on Camp”, namely a line in the essay that says,
“The essence of Camp, writes Miss Sontag in the Partisan Review, is “its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”
Then it was understood that the nature of camp derived from the nature of over-exaggeration, the transformation to become another character. The term has been used multiple times throughout history:
So what exactly is camp? It’s the act of extravagance, it’s the act of the inner individual, it’s the act of whatever you want it or need it to be. I also read that “camp” comes out in times of instability, and I think that was quite timely this year.
Back to the note on the personification: I think in a lot of ways, fashion can be misunderstood or misconstrued. Everyone sees it; there are some who are a bit more hesitant, and there are some who “know” it, and some who completely embrace it. In a way, once you know it, you “know” it, and find it intriguing in your own ways.
Like knowing where your clothes or shoes come from:
“There is only 15 percent that knows where Veja comes from,” said Kopp, who co-founded the brand with François-Ghislain Morillion in 2004. “The other people buying Veja, they don’t know.”
Anyways, so ends my rambling thoughts on the Met Gala. I was hoping to get more content on the designs and dresses but from a quick search, I have not been able to find much (other than the explanation behind Kim’s “wet suit” by Mugler found here).
Also wanted to link this site I created last year here — probably will expire soon :c on the stories of fashion.