Only took half an eternity, but I finally found time to write about the Met Gala, or as I like to call it the Super Bowl of Fashion. I think we were all extremely confused when the Met Gala’s theme was announced as “Camp.” It just didn’t seem to add up. Why would Ana Wintour select a theme that had anything to do with plaid and pitching tents, and I was even more confused as to why no one seemed to be dressed according to said “theme.”
After a little more research and obsessive outfit scouting during finals week, I realized that there was a little more to Camp than what first comes to mind. Because after all, what final could be more important than looking up Cardi B’s diamond (ruby) nipples? Camp originates from the French verb “se camper” which means “to flaunt” or “to posture.” So of course in fashion terms this translates as play dress up and be as crazy as you want which resulted in all those outrageously crazy yet gorgeous outfits. But where did the idea for this crazy event even start? And what even is the Met Gala – one may ask…or not.
Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style — but a particular kind of style. It is the love of the exaggerated, the “off,” of things- being- what- they-are-not…
The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance. Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.
The Met History
The Met Gala was established in 1948 by former Vogue editor-in-cheif aka my idol, Diana Vreeland, as a way to fundraise for the newly developed Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum. Ever since, the event continues to be hosted by Vogue and its editor-in-chief, making up one of the most A-list parties of the year. Each year there is a theme where an invite only list of celebrities ornate themselves head-to-toe with the designs from the top fashion brands from all over the world. Needless to say, the party raises millions of dollars for the Metropolitan Museum and attracts many more millions of eyes. Not only does the Met feature America’s top celebrities dressing in extravagant costumes made by the top designers worldwide, but there is also celebrity performances, an extravagant costume exhibit and one can only wonder about the food that’s served (hehe).
Highlights from the Met 2019
Though the Met Gala is a whirlwind of extra-ness all around, this year’s theme of camp made way for another level of over-the-top. As everyone knows, Lady Gaga (Queen of Camp & first to arrive) was the star of this year’s Met Gala with an outrageous, theatrical performance and a whopping four different outfits changes. [Something most people don’t know is that the guests are each given a 15 minute time slot for them to arrive and make their way up the carpet – fabulous pictures and all.]
Other highlights of the night included the famous Jenner sisters, Kendall and Kylie, rocking feathered metal-mesh masterpieces by Versace. Queen Kim K, this year’s Met cover girl, rocks Mugler’s latex ruched dress with dangling water droplet crystals to transform into a “Wet Look.” Rather than boring you with my plans of how exactly I plan on one day attending the Met Gala, I’ve attached some of my favorite looks and videos from the evening.