Following this year's focus on papal modesty and the seriousness of religious tradition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute has decided to go in quite the opposite direction for 2019.
"Camp: Notes on Fashion" will take over the museum next year and, as always, inspire the looks at the annual Met Gala, when it kicks off on the first Monday in May. Framed around Susan Sontag's defining 1964 essay, "Notes on 'Camp," in which she describes it as "a sensibility... a love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration," the exhibition is sure to be the most over-the-top one yet. And don't even get us started on the gala looks.
Gucci will help present the collection, and its creative director, fashion's modern King of Camp, Alessandro Michele, will chair the Met Gala alongside (cue screams) Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and, of course, Anna Wintour.
But, what exactly is Camp? As a sensibility, it is somewhat ineffable, and yet, you can tell what is and what isn't. Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Costume Institute told Vogue, it's "surplus—when things are too much... A bow that's too big, too many feathers, too many sequins."
It's the perfect combination of vulgarity and glamour; it's taste so bad it's good.
As for the designers you can expect to see? Classics like Franco Moschino (and Jeremy Scott for Moschino), Jean Paul Gaultier, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano, and Thom Browne, along with newcomers including Molly Goddard and Gypsy Sport.
Our suggestion for starlets who still don't get it? Just hire John Waters as your stylist for the night.
[Photo via @gucci]