Met Gala 2019: Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Harry Styles to cohost camp-themed fashion night
Serena Williams, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele will cohost 2019 Met Gala which will be held on Monday, May 6 in New York
The 2018 Met Gala themed 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination' saw stars like Kim Kardashian stun in cross-adorned creations and Rihanna nail another Met Gala look in a Pope-inspired number by Maison Margiela.
Buzz has already started about fashion’s biggest night with 2019 Met Gala taking a turn away from the pomp and regal sophistication toward a more pop culture-oriented theme; 'Camp: Notes on Fashion.' Serena Williams, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele will serve as cohosts of the annual spectacle which will be held on Monday, May 6, in New York City.
The theme has been inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay 'Notes on Camp' in which the writer defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, explained that he believes the concept will “have a lot of cultural resonance” in today’s age.
"[Camp] has become increasingly more mainstream in its pluralities—political camp, queer camp, pop camp, the conflation of high and low, the idea that there is no such thing as originality,” Bolton told Vogue. He believes there is a sophistication to camp that is a proof by designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs and, now, Michele at Gucci, the reason why the Italian fashion house is sponsoring the 2019 event.
Harry Styles' recent Gucci campaign sees him pose with a bevy of barnyard animals while modeling ornately brocade suits and gem-encrusted brooches. Michele added in the above-mentioned interview that Sontag’s essay has always resonated with him because it “perfectly expresses what camp truly means to me: the unique ability of combining high art and pop culture.”
Lady Gaga, the star of 'A Star Is Born,' is a direct reflection of pop culture as evident with her style evolution from donning a meat dress to her now Old-Hollywood-glam-inspired look. Williams, on the other hand, besides being the greatest athlete of all time, has also pushed boundaries with her fashion statements with catsuits, tutus, denim miniskirts and more on the court over the years.