A Frou-Frou Fluff Of Feathers At New York’s Met Ball
Curator Andrew Bolton channels Susan Sontag to define the allure of ‘camp’
Cher gave a surprise performance at this year's Met Gala to celebrate the opening of the 'Camp' exhibition
According to Bolton, Sontag framed “an unmistakably modern sensibility that reflected the revolutionary impact of the 1860s and the challenge it brought to the intellectual establishment by popular culture”.
Some of the juxtapositions seem tenuous. Why place a Balenciaga purple dress from 1961 beside a 2018 Jeremy Scott for Moschino dress, smothered with butterflies? But the stage costumes of Liberace, the ultimate camp performer, dazzle among the 175 pieces in the show.
Camp, it seems, is in the eye of the beholder. Let’s hope that the surreal sight of the weird and wonderful outfits worn for the Met Gala will be shown on film as an extra artefact for the exhibition. Top prize to Pose star, Billy Porter, arriving at the pink carpet event with his golden wings stretched above a chaise carried by six glamorous, bare-chested flunkeys.
‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ is at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art until 8 September 2019 (www.metmuseum.org)
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