Harry Styles and Lady Gaga Will Be Hosting the 'Camp'-Themed, Gucci-Backed 2019 Met Gala

Camp as in "exaggerated and theatrical," not as in bonfires and tents.
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Harry Styles wearing Gucci during a concert, expressing how we feel about Harry Styles wearing Gucci for next year's Met Gala. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Harry Styles wearing Gucci during a concert, expressing how we feel about Harry Styles wearing Gucci for next year's Met Gala. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

"Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" may have brought us Rihanna in a red carpet-appropriate iteration of papal robes and become the most-visited exhibition in Costume Institute history. But the next fashion exhibition to take residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has something else to be excited about, and that is Harry Styles and Lady Gaga co-hosting an event that is being underwritten by Gucci.

Entitled "Camp: Notes on Fashion," the 2019 show will draw on a 1964 Susan Sontag essay that describes camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration," according to a report by the New York Times.  

"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," curator Andrew Bolton told the 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."

The star-studded Met Gala held the night before the exhibition opens will be co-chaired by Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Gucci's Alessandro Michele, Serena Williams and of course Anna Wintour. Here's hoping for a red carpet that is as "exaggerated and theatrical" as the theme suggests.

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