Notes on Met Gala Camp

Limp wristed gays were agog when Camp: Notes on Fashion was announced as this year’s Met Gala theme. The first Monday in May is one of the most anticipated red carpet events of the year, bringing high fashion, art and theatrics centre stage to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previous themes include Savage Beauty, Jackie Kennedy and even the contentiously named China: Through the Looking Glass.

The Met Gala committee, which comprises the likes of Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga and even Harry Styles, took inspiration from Susan Sontag’s seminal essay Notes on Camp-and boy do I have a few notes on the best, and worst camp-tastic extravaganzas that graced the famous museum steps.

Janelle Monae
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This look luxuriates in a gay abundance of Bauhaus curvature and Quentin Crisp-esque excessiveness. Janelle Monae scores 10/10 in this humorous nod to Camp’s relevant irrelevance.

Lady Gaga
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Gaga, who sported four looks during her grand entrance became a caricature of what non-campy camps perceive Camp to be. Sontag wrote ‘what Camp taste responds to is “instant character”… and, conversely, what it is not stirred by is the sense of the development of characterWherever there is development of character, Camp is reduced.’ Costume reveals these days are seldom Camp, for Camp never truly reveals its identity. Three reveals is blatant repugnancy.

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Kacey Musgraves
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Singer Kacey Musgraves mistook camp for pastiche in this Barbie get up. Hot pink was aplenty last night at the Met Gala but true Camp would never dare to be so obvious.

Billy Porter
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Pose star Billy Porter knows all about the importance of an entrance. In this gold winged ensemble, he channelled the fantasy of New York Ball culture with the delightful decadence of an Evelyn Waugh novel. Camp always pulls on the past to tell us something about the present.

Hamish Bowles
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Fashion journo Hamish Bowles looked ravishingly foppish in this textured arrangement of fabrics. The subtlety of his beaded headband lost in a sea of marabou feathers and garish colours is the embodiment of Camp. Camp is not necessarily found in the abundance of outrageousness, it’s glittering in the shadow.

Katy Perry
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A chandelier is camp non? Well no. Katy Perry should have studied Sontag harder *clears throat* ‘Camp sees everything in quotation marks. It’s not a lamp, but a “lamp”‘ and unfortunately for Katy, she was just a lamp, sans quotation marks. Had Miss Perry come as a Tiffany lamp then, oui oui she would have passed with flying colours.

Kate Moss
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Kate Moss went dressed as a single mother who’s off to an ABBA tribute night. She’s left the kids at home and there are some McCain chips in the oven. The backstory of her look was far camper than the look itself, which is characteristically quite camp.

 

Like food and being outrageously camp? Come join me on Sunday 19th May at Dalston Superstore! 

 

Amy Fine Collins
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Vanity Fair writer Amy Fine Collins looked remarkably dashing in this embellished tuxedo maxi dress. The androgyny, the monocled mistress the dangling magnifying glass swinging over her face, tres fabulouso.

Celine Dion
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Dazzling in shimmering fringing, Celine Dion looked like she had fallen from the heavens in her peacock feather headdress.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
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These days the Olsen twins look like they’ve not spoken in 10 years and have just realised they’ve missed the last tube home, quite a camp demeanour you might think, after all, 
“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.”- An Ideal Husband. But the pair severely let themselves down wearing vintage leather from Chanel. Quelle tragic. 

 

Ezra Miller
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Holding a facsimile of his own porcelain visage, Ezra Miller channelled his inner Marlene Deitrich accompanied by avant-garde maquillage. Sami Knight’s hairstyling set the entire look off completely, brava!

If you’re looking for a little bit of campness in your life then why not join me on Sunday 19th May at Dalston Superstore for Fagulous’s Camp as Tits Brunch! Entry is free, but booking a table is highly recomended. Email the team on hello@dalstonsuperstore.com 

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