The Metropolitan Museum is one of my favourite places in New York City, so when Vogue Magazine invited me to attend a private tour of the Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibit followed by breakfast at The Mark Hotel I couldn’t have been more delighted! Camp: Notes on Fashion was inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, “Notes on Camp” and is made up of 250 objects illustrating the vibrant flamboyancy of the aesthetic.
The first half of the exhibition traces the origins of camp through sculpture, painting and clothing that reference the performative, theatrical qualities of the style. As the exhibition evolves, viewers come to understand how camp became associated with fashion throughout the ages. Today, the most recognizable example of camp in fashion is anything and everything Gucci! A celebratory collision of high art and pop culture, Gucci embodies everything that makes camp so wonderful and also proves that this artistic style is as popular and on-trend in 2019 as it was throughout history.
Walking through the exhibition felt like walking through a cotton candy kaleidoscope, each room revealed something new, brilliant and cheerful. Camp fashion is meant to be fun, charming, witty and whimsical – there were so many standout pieces. I’ve shared some of my favourite looks from the exhibition below!
Camp: Notes on Fashion Exhibition Highlights
Franco Moschino (Italian, 1950–1994) for House of Moschino (Italian, founded 1983). Dress, fall/winter 1989. Courtesy of Moschino. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2018
Marjan Pejoski (British, born Macedonia, 1968). Dress, fall/winter 2000–2001. Courtesy of Marjan Pejoski. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019
Alejandro Gómez Palomo (Spanish, born 1992) for Palomo Spain (Spanish, founded 2015). Wedding ensemble, spring/summer 2018. Courtesy of Palomo Spain. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019
Virgil Abloh (American, born 1980) for Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh (Italian, founded 2013). Ensemble, pre-fall 2018. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Virgil Abloh c/o Off-White™, 2018 (2018.585a–e). Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2018
Alessandro Michele (Italian, born 1972) for Gucci (Italian, founded 1921). Ensemble, fall/winter 2016–17. Courtesy of Gucci Historical Archive. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2018
Jeremy Scott (American, born 1975) for House of Moschino (Italian, founded 1983). Ensemble, spring/summer 2018. Courtesy of Moschino. 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). Dress, spring/summer 2017. Courtesy of Moschino. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019
Breakfast at The Mark
After the Met Vogue Magazine and Pantene hosted a breakfast at The Mark for the city’s top fashion bloggers. The Mark Hotel is one of the most lavish spots in Manhattan. A favourite of celebrities and royalty alike, this luxurious boutique hotel was the perfect setting to toast the exhibition and discuss the highlights. Mimosas, eggs benedict, avocado toast and pink macarons were all on the menu – needless to say we were all happy campers.
Thank you so much to Vogue Magazine and Pantene for a dream day on the upper east side!