If you have a pulse and log onto social media at least once a day, then there is really no escaping the Met Gala and its “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme this year. Even if you don’t care about it at all, the six degrees of separation to a celebrity you like will put some sort of Met content on your feed. The next thing you know, three hours have gone by and you’re deep in an Instagram hole…or something like that.
But getting a dose of this particular red carpet once a year isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some of the biggest cultural moments in history have happened here. See: Rihanna’s pancake-pizza-omelet meme’d dress, Selena Gomez making fun of her own tanner, or Solange and Jay-Z’s infamous elevator fight. The list goes on.
The best part, however, is that unlike other red carpets that feel like a self-congratulatory moment for the world’s best-looking people, the Met Gala is more than just an event. It’s an entire exhibition that pays homage to that year’s theme, allowing anyone with interest in it to take part. This year, the museum is taking things a step further and offering some camp-themed merchandise right in their gift shop. Items include a Marc Jacobs marquee t-shirt for $145, a Vaquera giant Met button for $16, and, if you’re feeling like dropping some serious cash, an Off-White sweatsuit for $1,200.
But, if you can’t make it to the museum (or if those particular items just aren’t doing it for you), there are several other ways to embrace camp. Let us draw your attention to the categories below.
Ironic Designer Tourism
Over the last few years, tourism irony has made its way into the collections of several designers who have taken the boardwalk to the runway.
Fruit as Fashion
Is fruit campy? When it’s on a shoe or a bag, probably!
Camp is over the top, so anything with too many bows or too-long sleeves could be considered a winner.
Rhinestones are like diamonds but lowbrow but also cool and therefore camp. Whew.