(cf. And let's not forget, of course, that camp is queer to the bone. The 2019 theme for the event and exhibition was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”. 1909); a man exhibiting such behaviour". The exhibition in the museum looks at the origins of ‘Camp’ from the 17th century and the court of Versailles to today. quot. This year the theme is based on American writer and activist Susan Sontag’s first major essay, Notes on ‘Camp’, which she wrote in 1964. In her essay Sontag tried to define what she believed ‘camp’ to mean, although she also said it was impossible to define in one way. Of course, camp fashion has reached well beyond the confines of fashion runways and magazine spreads. Objects may become camp objects because of their historical association with a power now in decline. Camp is the belief that “style is everything.” Camp is Oscar Wilde’s quip that “one should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art”—and the fact that he quipped it in the first place. It's been a popular source of style inspiration on red carpets for decades. According to sociologist Andrew Ross, camp engages in a redefinition of cultural meaning through a juxtaposition of an outmoded past alongside that which is technologically, stylistically, and sartorially contemporary. So as a noun, ‘camp’ behaviour, mannerisms, et cetera. Naturally interpretations of the theme are generally as flamboyant as possible as the stars attempt to grab headlines on the red carpet. Sontag wrote that camp is: “the love of the exaggerated, the ‘off’ of things-being-what-they-are-not. This year’s is titled Camp: Notes on Fashion, here we explain what that actually means. 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Delany, the term a camp originally … The Met Gala is held in the evening to raise money for the museum and the dress code matches the subject of the annual exhibit. Camp derives from the French slang term se camper, meaning “to pose in an exaggerated fashion”. Some quotes from her writings may shed a light on how the celebs and fashion elite will interpret the theme for their outfits. Often characterized by the reappropriation of a "throwaway Pop aesthetic", camp works to intermingle the categories of "high" and "low" culture. A list celebrities and the elite of the fashion world will dress to a theme at the 2019 Met Gala. Some quotes from her … Previous themes have included Punk: Chaos to Couture, China: Through the Looking Glass and Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. As opposed to kitsch, camp reappropriates culture i… Per the OED, this sense is "etymologically obscure." 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Camp is catchy, a little obnoxious and flirts with (but refuses to be depressed by) tackiness.