Over the last few decades, the culture of the “camp” aesthetic has grown dramatically. Now, The Met is putting on their very own exhibit to showcase the artform’s growth, and they’re getting some help from actors Ezra Miller and Keiynan Lonsdale.
On Tuesday (April 16), Vogue published a feature on The Met’s new spring exhibit “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” based on Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp.’” The exhibit will take a look at camp fashion throughout history in the context of Sontag’s definition of the style, exhalting its “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”
Along with the announcement, the magazine published a number of photos showing off some campy pieces from the collection with the help of Lonsdale, Miller and model Edie Campbell. In one photo, Miller and Lonsdale face one another, each wearing their own Thom Browne dress looks. In another photo, Lonsdale stuns with his take on camp in a pink 18-century robe à la française. “It’s so easy to play it safe,” Lonsdale said. “But that’s not camp.”
The exhibit will also provide the theme for this year’s annual Met Gala, which is co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Anna Wintour and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. “I’m still kind of camp,” Michele said. “I adore putting on something strange and exaggerated and worn in the wrong way. I mean, why not? It’s not forbidden."
Check out the photos of Lonsdale and Miller for The Met’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibit below.