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The 2019 Met Gala Theme has been revealed

Everything You Need To Know About The Met Gala 2019: Who's Hosting, What's The Theme, What To Expect

Following the success of the 2018 Met Gala exhibition' Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination', the Metropolitan Museum of Art is already dusting off the red carpet ahead of its next show.

And, from the sounds of it, it's going to be even more diamond-encrusted, celebrity-filled, and serving more hair spins and gasping for air moments than a RuPaul Drag Race season finale. 

But can the theme really be able to top Rihanna's 2015 pizza-like yellow fur-trimmed gown designed by Guo Pei? Or Ariana Grande's 2018 Vera Wang dress depicting scenes from Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgment'?

Here's everything you need to know about the Met Gala 2019:

What is the Met Gala 2019 theme?

Following on from this year's Met Gala exhibition 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination', the Metropolitan Museum of Art has finally announced its new focus of inspiration for the Costume Institute for 2019: 'Camp: Notes on Fashion'. So you can expect lots of exaggerated shapes and OTT styling.

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The New York Times reports the theme in inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay 'Notes on ‘Camp', which is widely believed to have brought the idea of 'camp' to the mainstream. 'The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,' Sontag once explained in Partisan Review.

Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, revealed he has been mulling over the theme for several years, telling 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 marginalised 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.

Cynthia Erivo

Bolton explained that a lot of high camp is 'a reaction to something' and its prominence increasingly touches everything in society, from fashion and politics, to music and art. 

'Sontag in her essay said not everything is camp, but since I have been working on the show, I have started to think it is everywhere, and that all fashion is on some level camp,' Bolton said. 'It has gained such currency it has become invisible, and part of my goal is to make it visible again.'

Alessandro Michelle, creative director of Gucci, told the New York Times: 'Camp really means the unique ability of combining high art and pop culture; it is not kitsch.

Blake Lively 2018 Met Gala

'The Met exhibition will give contemporary significance to Sontag’s perspective.'

When is the Met Gala 2019?

The show will be unveiled at the annual gala party on 6 May (the first Monday in May, of course) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Who will host the event?

Co-chaired by Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Gucci's creative director, Alessandro Michelle.

Alessandro Michele

Who will design the exhibition?

The exhibition will be designed by the scenographer Jan Versweyveld, who famously created David Bowie’s 2015 music single for his hit single 'Lazarus'. The show will take pride of place in the Iris and Gerald B. Cantor galleries, where the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' and 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between' have been held in previous years. 

The NYT reports the exhibition will feature 175 pieces , including men’s and women’s wear, sculpture, paintings and drawings, divided into two sections.

Katy Perry Met Gala 2018

The first will deal with the origins of camp, which Bolton explores through Versailles, with its inclusion in the dictionary of Victorian slang in 1909, and the Stonewall riots and 'the use of camp as a language in the queer community', he explained.

The second half of the exhibition will focus on camp as expressed in the work of contemporary designers from the likes of Charles Frederick Worth, Balenciaga, Miuccia Prada and Demna Gvasalia.

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