The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum has finally revealed the theme of next year's highly-anticipated Met Gala in New York: "Camp: Notes on Fashion". The theme takes inspiration from the 1964 essay Notes on "Camp" by famous American writer Susan Sontag.
Andrew Bolt, Head Curator of the Costume Institute, describes camp as something that "has become increasingly more mainstream in its pluralities—political camp, queer camp, Pop camp, the conflation of high and low, the idea that there is no such thing as originality." He also elaborates that the theme embraces elements of “irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, excess, extravagance, nostalgia, and exaggeration”.
It's fitting, then, that Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is one of the co-chairpersons for the annual charity ball next year, alongside Vogue US editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The pair will be joined by stars Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams, all of whom will play host to the evening.
So mark your calendars: the Met Gala Ball will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019. The event will be followed by the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition at the Costume Institute, which will be on view at the museum until September 8, 2019.
In anticipation of the next charity ball, you can relive this year's Met Gala by checking out all the top looks on the red carpet.