Camp: Notes on Fashion opens in New York on the 9th of May, just after the Met Ball.

[On cover: Alessandro Michele (Italian, born 1972) and Thom Browne (American, born 1965), photo by © Johnny Dufort, 2018]

Excess, extravagance, exaggeration, artifice, irony: all this is captured by the English word “camp” which is difficult to translate into just one word in another language, but which summarises neatly the concept behind the exhibition that is opening at the Metropolitan in New York on the 9th of May (until the 8th of September) entitled Camp: Notes on Fashion. This is the theme on which the regular and much anticipated exhibition focuses this year, preceded by the now famous Met Gala, which – in terms of its guests and its red carpet looks – can certainly hold its own against Oscars night.

With over 250 items on display – both objects and clothes – ranging from the 17th century to the present day, the exhibition draws inspiration from the 1964 essay by Susan Sontag entitled “Notes on Camp” which, in turn, explored the exuberant aesthetics of those years.

Amongst the clothes on display, to name just a few, there are pieces by Alessandro Michele for Gucci, the perfect expression of the “camp” style, some creations by Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, Thom Browne, Virgil Abloh, Walter Van Beirendonck and Vivienne Westwood.