When is the Met Gala in 2019?
The first Monday of May is THE date for the Met Gala each and every year, therefore, in 2019, it is on the 6th May. It begins at around 7PM when all the celebrities join and they are welcomed on the red carpet.
Where does it take place?
Like every year, it takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. While in 2018 we have seen a very big part of it opened we will see what 2019 has in store for us.
Who are the 2019 hosts?
2019 brings new face in the hosting department. Along with the Vogue Editor in Chief – Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Harry Styles will be the Met Gala 2019 hosts.
Gucci is the main sponsor of the 2019 event, therefore Alessandro Michele is to amaze the public with its collections.
What is the Theme for Met Gala 2019?
In 2018 we dealt with a controversial theme, but 2019 theme is epic – “Camp: Notes On Fashion”, and it is based around the seminal of Susan Sontag from 1964 essay Notes on “Camp”.
Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Institute argues that just like in Sontag’s writing camp is the “love of the unnatural, of exaggeration … of style at the expense of content”, it will have a cultural resonance. It is his belief that you have to be incredibly sophisticated to really understand “camp” – so there is nothing for us left to say but to wait and see what designers such as Yves Saint Laurent or Marc Jacobs offer our sights with this epic cultural theme.
It is the return of the past and how today is continuously influenced by the theatricality, excess, extravagance, parody and nostalgia of the concept of “camp”. Bolton has gone all the way as to extract the word and trace it back to its French origins – se camper – which actually meant to strike an exaggerated pose. Just take a look back at Versailles and you will understand – there everything was pose and exaggeration and performance of the highest class, nevertheless. To emphasize the aristocratic meaning of it, Bolton is to include a sculpture of the young Hercules from the museum collection to showcase the ideal of a standard pose – contrapposto, a pose practices by the king himself in 1701.
The exhibition will have 175 pieces; both men and women wear related to the theme. It will have 2 parts – one that will present the origins of camp as a concept and the other one that will examine how camp influenced fashion; taking every big designers such as Gucci, Vetements, Prada, Balenciaga and many others.
Another year, another opportunity to be close to the number one event of the year. To explain more the theme Andrew Bolton told The NYT: “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.” He went on to explain the relevant tie-ins, continuing, “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 history, the aristocracy, the beauty, the culturalism and the modernism that is around this theme, makes it an epic one. One that is worth seeing and following at the same time.
Will keep you updated on this 🙂
2018 exhibition sneak peak