What is camp?
Prior to visiting this year’s exhibit at the Met Costume Institute, I wasn’t quite sure. And after visiting this year’s exhibit? I am … still not 100% sure. But I do know it’s a lot of fun.
Since I’m not certain how to sum “camp” up, let’s ask the Met’s website: “The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition explores the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.” Well, alright then.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s COLOR, and the Camp exhibit had it in spades. My favorite pieces were the exuberant, over-the-top ones, and – luckily for me – there was no shortage of those! I’ve been to a lot of the Met’s costume exhibits, but this one just might have been my favorite.