CAMP - Notes on Fashion
A historical journey through irony, humour and theatricality inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay
Until September 8, 2019
Left: Walter Van Beirendonck (Belgian, born 1957). Ensemble, spring/summer 2009. Courtesy of Walter Van Beirendonck. Right: Vivienne Westwood (British, born 1941). Ensemble, fall/winter 1989–90. Courtesy of Vivienne Westwood Archive. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019
Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute's spring 2019 exhibition explores the origins of camp's exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'" provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humour, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.
Sculptures, paintings and drawings sit alongside the fashion on display with a pink colour theme throughout and exhibits displayed in brightly coloured glass vitrines.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue, New York
Gianni Versace. Jumpsuit, spring/summer 1991. Photo © Johnny Dufont, 2019
A double-gendered teapot by the Royal Worcester company. Attributed to Richard William Binns (English, 1819–1900). Teapot, patented December 21,1881, manufactured ca. 1882. Porcelain, 6 1/16 x 6 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (15.3 x 17 x 8.25 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes and gift of John D. Rockefeller III, by exchange, (2009.69a-b)
Alessandro Michele (Italian, born 1972) for Gucci (Italian, founded 1921). Ensemble, fall/winter 2016–17. Courtesy of Gucci Historical Archive. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2018
Marjan Pejoski (British, born Macedonia, 1968). Dress, fall/winter 2000–2001. Courtesy of Marjan Pejoski. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019
Franco Moschino (Italian, 1950–1994) for House of Moschino (Italian, founded 1983). Shirt, spring/summer 1991. Courtesy of Moschino. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2018
Jeremy Scott (American, born 1975). Ensemble, spring/summer 2012 menswear. Courtesy of Jeremy Scott. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019
Bertrand Guyon (French, born 1965) for House of Schiaparelli (French, founded 1927). Ensemble, fall/winter 2018–19 haute couture. Courtesy of Schiaparelli. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019
Jeremy Scott (American, born 1975) for House of Moschino (Italian, founded 1983). Ensemble, spring/summer 2018. Courtesy of Moschino. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019