What You Want to Find Out About Met Gala 2019

The most remarkable meeting in the world of fashion occurs always on the first Monday of May, and this year was no exception. The yearly gala concert of the Costume Institute this time occurred on May 6, so it’s time to find out about the subject of the meeting, the hosts and key designers, it’s also a good opportunity.

What Is the Met Gala?

Met Gala is sometimes called the symphony of art, vogue, cinema, and music, in which the most famed representatives gather at the opening of a new exhibition. None of this would've happened without journalist Eleonora Lambert, who started that ceremony, which previously was called “Party of the Year.” It was created to motivate New York high-class to make donations to the CI. Since 1995, Anna Wintour, the Chief Editor of Vogue USA, has become its curator, she regularly attracts famous celebrities as the co-chairpersons. For example, previously, they were Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Amal Clooney. This year, the Met Gala was held for the 71st time. This year, Alessandro Michele, Harry Style, Serena Williams, and Lady Gaga were the hosts of the event together with Wintour.

What Was the Theme This Year?

Each event has its own theme, and for example, the past years received the themes “Man vs Machine,” “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” This year the subject of the meeting was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Camp means a complex sociocultural phenomenon. This term was first used in an essay by Susan Sontag in 1964. In the work, the cult American writer uses this term as "a love of hyperbole and a combination of high art and vulgar as an expressive means." Andrew Bolton, the chief curator of the CI, offers the following explanation for camp, "Love of the non-natural: from trick and exaggeration." He said that he had considered this topic for several years, and now it has become ever more common: there is no eccentricity anymore, and the camp appears in politics, in pop-cultural phenomena, and in the interaction of high and marginal fashion. Camp measures quality not by the beauty of an object, but by the degree of its artificiality and stylization, and it is defined not so much as a style but as the ability to perceive other styles.

What Was Shown at the Exhibition?

The exhibition presented about 200 objects of fine art and fashion, where it was possible to trace the origin of the object from the 17th century to the present day. The collections of Moschino, Gucci, Off-White, Marjan Pejoski, as well as many works of Jeremy Scott, most of whose works correspond to the “camp,” were shown at the Institute.

Who Were the Guests?

48% of the guest list was made up of actors, including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper. Fashion representatives reached only 32 percent: Tom Ford, Donatella Versace, Miuccia Prada, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Claire White Keller. The ticket price for ordinary viewers has long exceeded $ 25.000, but it doesn’t reduce the number of people who are ready to pay this price. This is a unique event, which plays a significant role in the life of modern fashion.