October 11, 2018 at 2:26 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Lady Gaga will co-chair ‘camp’ themed 2019 Met Gala

Lady Gaga (Screenshot via YouTube)

Lady Gaga will be co-chairing the 2019 Met Gala along with Harry Styles and Serena Williams.

The theme will be  “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” taken from the 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp” by Susan Sontag.

Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton told the New York Times the theme came from a resurgence of camp in pop culture.

“We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalized cultures,” Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton told The New York Times. “Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp, or political camp—Trump is a very camp figure—I think it’s very timely.”

According to the New York Times, there will be 175 pieces in the show ranging from clothing, sculptures, paintings and more. The show will focus on “the use of camp as a language in the queer community,” and trace its history from the Palace of Versailles through the Stonewall Riots and beyond.

The Met Gala takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019.


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