Did anyone else watch The Met Gala and fall madly in love with the extravaganza of Camp-themed garments parading down the pink carpet? We were spellbound by Lady Gaga’s billowing fuchsia gown by Brandon Maxwell, and Celine Dion’s spectacular Oscar de la Renta beaded gown. Needless to say, celebrities brought their A-game to The Met Gala to celebrate the beauty of Camp!
Immediately after watching the eye-catching assortment of bold looks effortlessly walk across our television screens, we knew we had to see Camp: Notes on Fashion in person ASAP. After-all, we are always looking for inspiration! So in true fashion, we went to the exhibitions opening day. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
One will applaud the brilliant spring 2019 display of Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. On display are approximately 250 objects of womenswear and menswear, paintings, drawings, writings, and sculptures dating back from the 17th century to present. As you walk around and examine each piece, you’re immediately filled with an overcoming sense of grandeur, exaggeration, and theatricality. We could not stop looking at each eye-grabbing piece. It was as if we were in a land of pure imagination.
Permeating throughout the audio speakers of the exhibition was the glorious raspy-voice of Camp icon Judy Garland singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Her voice adds character, a sense of escapism from the outside world, and dream-like fantasies to the dance across the perfectly curated exhibition by Andrew Bolton.
Camp’s aesthetic explores its origins and how it has evolved throughout society to influence mainstream culture through its diverse nature and ironic sensibility. Providing the framework for the exhibition is Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’”, which examines how fashion designers have incorporated the concept into their pieces through humor, sophistication, artifice, and sartorial manifestations. In the eyes of Camp, more is more through its playful exaggeration of popular culture and high art.
“Indeed, the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: or artifice and exaggeration.”
Susan Sontag, 1964
As we exited the doors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, we were overcome with emotions and wished for more. Camp is truly a gift that keeps on giving as it celebrates the light in the darkened tunnel. It promotes us to understand and embrace ones ‘character’ for who it is. Camp is the perfect blend of fun, style, glamour, self-expression, and love for the beauty of human nature.
This is an exhibition you will not want to miss out on! Luckily, Camp: Notes on Fashion is on display from May 09 to September 08, 2019. But we recommend you go now as it is truly an experience you’ll revel in for years to come!