A couture dress from Viktor & Rolf.
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It’s late February, which means fashion month is three-quarters over and it’s time to start thinking about the next big thing in fashion — the Met Gala, coming up the first Monday in May. We suspected it might be more light-hearted than in years past because of the theme. It’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion,”a play on Susan Sontag’s essay “Notes on Camp.” The exhibit will be sponsored by Gucci (a solid contender for the campiest modern house) and will trace the origins of camp. As Sontag put it in her essay, camp “sees everything in quotation marks.” It may be kitschy or deliberately corny, but always with a raised eyebrow. A beautiful example: Moschino’s TV dinner ensemble from its show in Milan yesterday.
Yesterday, Anna Wintour and curator Andrew Bolton held a press conference in Milan. Andy Warhol’s screen test of Sontag played in the background, but most importantly, we now have some idea of what will be on display at the Met Gala. For one, those Viktor & Rolf couture meme dresses will be there. Many Jeremy Scott designs will be on display (no surprise) alongside Virgil Abloh’s “Little Black Dress,” a Schiaperelli flamingo hat, and Bjork’s famous Oscars dress. The Met Gala and attendant Costume Institute show are known for being many things — like wildly popular and thought-provoking — but this one looks different. It looks like fun.
“Camp: Notes on Fashion”will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 9–September 8, 2019.