It may seem like last year's Met Gala JUST happened, but, don't think about that anymore, because the theme for 2019's event has just been announced and we are moving on! Fashion works way ahead of time, folks.
Scroll on to find out everything you need to know about this coming year's party, including who's co-chairing (great news for One Direction fans and Little Monsters, FYI), and what kind of looks to expect (spoiler: it's probably a LOT of Gucci).
1. WHEN WILL IT TAKE PLACE?
For those who don't know the answer, the Met Gala always takes place on the first Monday in May—in 2019 that date will be May 6.
2. WHAT'S THE THEME?
“Camp: Notes on Fashion” is the theme, but, um, what exactly is "camp"? Good question. It's based on writer Susan Sontag's 1964 essay titled "Notes on 'Camp.'" “The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” she wrote. Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Institute (aka the person who basically runs the Met Gala alongside Anna Wintour) explained it a little further in an interview with The New York Times:
We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalized cultures.
Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp—Trump is a very camp figure—I think it’s very timely.
3. WHO ARE THE CO-CHAIRS?
Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles (yes, who starred in the brand's recent campaign featuring cute baby farm animals), Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, and like every other year, Vogue's own Anna Wintour are co-chairing the event.
4. SO, WHAT WILL GUESTS WEAR?
The theme "Camp" seems to embody loud, over-the-top fashion that makes a sartorial statement about art, pop culture, or even politics, and since Michele, mentioned above, is a co-chair, it's likely that many guests might wear his designs.
This coat from Gucci's latest runway show was cited as an example of camp by Vogue, FYI.
5. WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBIT?
According to the NYT, there will be 175 pieces in the show (for context, last year's Heavenly Bodies exhibit had about 150 ensembles according to the museum's website), which will include men's and women's clothing, sculptures, paintings, and drawings.
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The @MetCostumeInstitute’s spring 2019 exhibition will be “Camp: Notes on Fashion” opening May 9, 2019 with #MetGala on Monday, May 6. It will explore the origins of the camp aesthetic and how it has evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’” provides the framework for the exhibition, which will examine how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with camp in compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways. // 1. Ensemble, Virgil Abloh (American, born 1980) for Off-White c/o @VirgilAbloh (Italian, founded 2013), pre-fall 2018 2. Shirt, Franco Moschino (Italian, 1950–1994) for House of @Moschino (Italian, founded 1983), spring/summer 1991 : Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2018 #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #MetCamp
Off-White and Moschino were two designers mentioned in The Met's announcement post; other possible designers that will be represented include, you guessed it, Gucci, as well as Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint Laurent, and Marc Jacobs.
H/T Cosmo US