Ahead Of The Met Gala, Remember: ‘You Can’t Have Camp Without Queer’

From Cher’s feathered “naked dress” in 1974 to Rihanna’s gilded pope outfit in 2018, the Met Gala is no stranger to camp. But this year will be different. Because this year, the Met Gala’s theme is camp. Titled “Camp: Notes On Fashion,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition and the gala that accompanies it have promised to “explore the origins of camp\'s exuberant aesthetic.” The exhibit will be framed around Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes On \'Camp, \'\" which describes what \"camp\" means in 58 bullet points.Camp may be easier to identify than to define. Sontag\'s definition begins, \"Camp is a certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon.\" Her numerous examples — Oscar Wilde, Tiffany lamps, Flash Gordon comics — emphasize what she calls “the essence of camp”: an embrace of all things exaggerated, artificial, and over-the-top. Today, Merriam-Webster ’s definition is “something so outra



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