Costume Institute’s Spring 2019 Exhibition to Focus on Camp in Fashion

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Costume Institute Benefit on May 6 with Co-Chairs Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Anna Wintour

The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition will be Camp: Notes on Fashion, on view from May 9 through September 8, 2019 (preceded on May 6 by The Costume Institute Benefit).  Presented in The Met Fifth Avenue’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, it will explore the origins of the camp aesthetic and how it has evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture.  Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp’ provides the framework for the exhibition, which will examine how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with camp in a myriad of compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways.

The exhibition is made possible by Gucci. Other designers set to have works included are Thom Browne, Demna Gvasalia, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Thierry Mugler, Miuccia Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, and Donatella Versace.

Bolton added that he expects outfits for the Met Gala to take inspiration from a wide range of sources, including ancient Roman sculpture and the iconic looks of celebrities such as Judy Garland, Cher and Elton John.

Michele, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Lady Gaga and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour will act as co-chairs for the gala.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.