I was so busy worrying about “Winter Coming” and the premier of Game Of Thrones that I didn’t realize another big event was almost upon us. That’s right, it’s almost Met Gala time.
This year’s Met Gala theme is “Notes on Camp” – and when I found out I wondered: “Are we about to see some incredible tent, hiking boots, smores couture?”
But after a bit of research I realized they were talking about camp as in campy fashion, as in OTT crazy unapologetic fashion, as in the way some drag queens describe themselves.
And while I can sit here and try to explain the concept, I think it’s just best to grab some quotes from the literary work that inspired the theme: “Notes on Camp”, an essay published in 1964 by Susan Sontag.
“The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.
“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… Of course, one can’t always say that. Only under certain conditions.”
“Camp is the heroism of people, not called upon to be heroes “
“Camp is a question mark that won’t let it’s line be straightened into an exclamation point”
So yeah, extravagant and confusing by definition. Camp is bold and splash-a-drink-in-your-face exciting. Which is why I can’t wait to see what Beyonce, Lady Gaga and all the other celebrities chose to wear this year. May 6th is the day. Camp is here bitches, show up!