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Camp: Notes on Fashion

Discover the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic and how fashion embraces and flaunts the camp sensibility.

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May 9th - September 8th, 2019


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.


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Camp: Notes on Fashion is now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Wall Street Journal calls it “a high-ceilinged, over-the-rainbow extravaganza.” The New York Times writes: “Inspired by Susan Sontag’s famous 1964 essay, “Notes on ‘Camp,’” the latest spectacular from the Met’s Costume Institute attempts to define this elastic, constantly evolving concept, which leaves taste, seriousness and heteronormativity in the dust.”

Featuring more than 250 objects dating from the 17th century to the present, the exhibition explores camp's exuberant aesthetic and how its elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.

Beginning with the concept of se camper—“to posture boldly”—in the royal courts of Louis XIV and Louis XV, the show focuses on the figure of the dandy as a “camp ideal” and traces camp’s origins to the queer subcultures of Europe and America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Hero Image: Ensemble by Bertrand Guyon and headpiece by Stephen Jones for House of Schiaparelli, fall/winter 2018–19 haute couture. Courtesy of Schiaparelli. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019.

Gallery Images: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, BFA.com/Zach Hilty