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Notes from “Camp: Notes on Fashion”—Camp (noun): In 1909 the word “camp” first entered the dictionary: “Actions and gestures of exaggerated emphasis. Probably from the French. Used chiefly by persons of exceptional want of character.” Inextricably linked to these emerging concepts is the image of the effeminate aristocrat, a stereotype exemplified by the Anglo-Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. // Oscar Wilde, Napoleon Sarony (American, born Canada, 1821–1896), 1882; Courtesy of William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Los Angeles. #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #MetCamp #WorldPrideNYC

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Happy National Pink Day! “Camp’s favourite colour is pink: nursery pink, sugary pink, screaming pink.” -Mark Booth, 1983. // Left: Dress, Jeremy Scott (American, born 1975) for House of Moschino (Italian, founded 1983), spring/summer 2017; Courtesy of Moschino. Right: Evening Dress, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936–2008), autumn/winter 1983–84 haute couture; Courtesy of Fundación Museo de la Moda, Santiago, Chile. 📷: Hilty #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #MetCamp

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Notes from “Camp: Notes on Fashion”—Camp (adjective): In the 19th century, the word “camp” emerged as part of a covert language among gay men. British female impersonator Frederick “Fanny” Park used the word in a letter to Ernest “Stella” Boulton. Here, Fanny and Stella, who referred to each other as “sisters,” pose in fashionable day dresses. They were later tried for conspiracy to seduce men by wearing women’s clothing, but were acquitted—becoming “camp” heroines of gay culture. // Frederick Park (Fanny; right) and Ernest Boulton (Stella) at the Spalding studio, Tindal Square, Chelmsford, Frederick Spalding (British, 1830–1895), ca. 1868–69; Courtesy of Essex Record Office, Chelmsford, England. #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #MetCamp #WorldPrideNYC

6 days ago

Notes from “Camp: Notes on Fashion”—Camp (verb): French nobleman Chevalier d’Eon, who was famous for cross-dressing, attempted to blackmail Louis XVI. To silence the chevalier, the king offered him a pension on the condition that he dress as a woman. In this portrait, he is shown wearing the full cockade of a supporter of the French Revolution. Although he spent his first 49 years as a man, d’Eon lived the remaining 33 years as a woman, saying he was assigned female at birth. // Chevalier d’Eon, Jean Laurent Mosnier (French, 1743/44–1808), 1792; Courtesy of Jim Lowther and The Lowther Estate Trust. #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #MetCamp #WorldPrideNYC

1 week ago

Next Sunday at The Met: Come hear Grammy and Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter and artist-scholar madison moore on June 23 at 2pm as they discuss the concept of camp in performance and the impact of ballroom style on pop culture and high fashion. Click the link in bio for full details. // Right image courtesy of Anna Kelsey-Sugg/Australian Broadcast Corporation #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #MetCamp

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Innerwear’s Early Outing: These Chanel evening gowns from 1936–38 express attributes of Classicism, while the details on the lace bolero and the trim also take inspiration from lingerie. Such lace trimmings were ubiquitous in both day and evening wear in the 1930s and was referred to as lingerie lace, since its frothy, sensual quality was reminiscent of more intimate attire. // Evening Ensemble, Gabrielle Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 1937–38; Gift of Yann Weymouth, 1981 (1981.348.2a, b). Evening Ensemble, Gabrielle Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 1936; Gift of Mrs. Stephen M. Kellen, 1978 (1978.165.16a, b). #TheMet #CostumeInstitute

2 weeks ago

Three battles, one Legend Slayer. Head to our Stories to see how yesterday’s historic vogueing battle went down. Thank you to all of our judges and competitors! 📷: Lozovsky #TheMet #MetCamp #MetVogueing #WorldPrideNYC

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Judy Garland was born #onthisday in 1922. In #MetCamp , two versions of “Over the Rainbow” play in the galleries—a version she sang as a 16 year-old in The Wizard of Oz, and the one she sang just months before her untimely death. These Ferragamo platforms, a style designed for her in 1938, are displayed in the exhibition as an example of naive camp, “a seriousness that fails,” alongside Gucci platform sneakers illustrating deliberate camp. // Sandal, Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898–1960), 1938; Gift of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1973 (1973.282.2). Shoe, Alessandro Michele (Italian, born 1972) for Gucci (Italian, founded 1921), resort 2017; Courtesy of Gucci Historical Archive. 📷: Hilty #TheMet #CostumeInstitute