CAMP is the theme for this year’s fashion event of the year; The Met Gala. Specifically, an essay titled “Notes On “Camp” by Susan Sontag. Here are a few of our favorite looks – and after party looks!
But first, what is camp?
To start very generally: Camp is a certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon. That way, the way of Camp, is not in terms of beauty, but in terms of the degree of artifice, of stylization.
Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style — but a particular kind of style. It is the love of the exaggerated, the “off,” of things-being-what-they-are-not.
Camp is art that proposes itself seriously, but cannot be taken altogether seriously because it is “too much.”
Camp is the glorification of “character.” The statement is of no importance – except, of course, to the person (Loie Fuller, Gaudí, Cecil B. De Mille, Crivelli, de Gaulle, etc.) who makes it.
Camp taste is, above all, a mode of enjoyment, of appreciation – not judgment. Camp is generous. It wants to enjoy.
The ultimate Camp statement: “it’s good because it’s awful”.