I completely can understand that anyone who caught the Met gala fashion event last night on E! was wondering ‘what the heck?’. I had to call a friend and double check their site to make sure I am not the one losing my marbles.
After tinkering with a few online sites I got to understand that this year’s theme called for just exaggerated creations and what is wildly being referred to as low culture all inspired by American writer Susan Sontag titled ‘CAMP’ with the emphasis of high and low fashion.
Bare with me and see how this came to be, In 1964 Sontag published an essay ‘Notes on camp’ and this is how modern living tried to explain it:
“its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” Tiffany lamps are Camp, she says by way of illustration, and so is a fondness for Scopitone films and the lurid pseudo-journalism of the weekly New York National Enquirer. Turn-of-the-century postcards are Camp; so is enthusiasm for the ballet Swan Lake and the 1933 movie King Kong.
“Dirty movies are Camp — provided one gets no sexual kick out of them — and so are the ideas of the French playwright Jean Genet, an ex-thief and pederast who boasts about it. “Genet’s statement that ‘the only criterion of an act is its elegance’ is virtually interchangeable, as a statement, with Wilde’s ‘In matters of great importance, the vital element is not sincerity, but style.”
“When something is just bad (rather than Camp),” she writes “it’s often because the artist hasn’t attempted to do anything really outlandish. ‘It’s too much,’ ‘It’s fantastic,’ ‘It’s not to be believed,’ are standard phrases of Camp enthusiasm.”
The essay launched Sontag’s career as a literary critic, in which “she argued for a more sensuous, less intellectual approach to art,” TIME noted in her obituary when she died in 2004 at the age of 71. “It was an irony lost on no one, except perhaps her, that she made those arguments in paragraphs that were marvels of strenuous intellection.”
Now with that background let’s see some of the truly amazing camp fashion highlights of the 2019 MET Gala festivities.
Lady Gaga stripped down to her last outfit. Kylie and Kendall Jenner rocking their Vasace gowns
Kris Kardashian in a Tommy Hilfiger ensemble, JLO and bea Alex Rodriguez looked good in Vasce too.
Bella and Gigi Hadid also looked fab in their outfits. Bella in Micheal Kors getup and Bella in a nice Muschino cut out dress.
Gwen stefani is a beautiful Jeremy Scott fur outfit, she was stunning.
Miss Lupita Nyongo looked fabulous in Versace and the afro combs which can imagine took hours
The 2 Jonas brothers also brought their wives out looking glamourous.
Emily Ratajkowski stunned in a Dundas outfit that featured an angel wings headpiece
Ciara stunned in a custom Peter Dundas emerald green gown as her hairstyle stole the show
Amber Valletta donned neon green fuzzy jacket and bodysuit over sheer tights designed by Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent
Lily Aldridge paired a black lace train with black PVC and Jourdan Dunn looked like a real rose flower doned in plastic petals.
Miley Cyrus commanded attention on the red carpet in a YSL sparkling gown as she was joined by husband Liam Hemsworth in a classic black tuxedo
Alicia Keys stuck to her guns and went makeup free as she rocked a flowing Carolina Herrera gown
Janelle Monae donned a custom Christian Siriano ensemble,Cara Cara Delevingne rocked a rainbow romper with puffed out sleeves from Dior Haute Couture.