CAMP Notes on Fashion Andrew Bolton, Fabio Cleto, Karen van Godtsenhoven, Amanda Garfinkel

Publication date:
28 May 2019
Metropolitan Museum of Art
346 pages: 305 x 216mm
179 color illus.
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What is "camp"? Drawing from Susan Sontag’s seminal essay, this striking volume explores its meaning and its expression in fashion from its origins to today

“[An] amazing catalogue. . . . Extraordinary.”—Christiane Amanpour, CNN

Although an elusive concept, “camp” can be found in most forms of artistic expression, revealing itself through an aesthetic of deliberate stylization. Fashion is one of the most overt and enduring conduits of the camp aesthetic. As a site for the playful dynamics between high art and popular culture, fashion both embraces and expresses such camp modes of enactment as irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration.
Drawing from Susan Sontag’s seminal essay “Notes on Camp,” the book explores how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with the camp aesthetic in compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways. As a sartorial manifestation of the camp sensibility, this thought-provoking publication contributes new theoretical and conceptual insights into the camp canon through texts and images. Stunning new photography by Johnny Dufort highlights works by such fashion designers as Virgil Abloh, Thom Browne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Alessandro Michele, Franco Moschino, Miuccia Prada, Richard Quinn, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Gianni Versace, and Vivienne Westwood.

Andrew Bolton is the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“a thumb-through of the show’s lavish if cumbersome catalog excited me.”—Roberta Smith, New York Times

“With a design resembling a box of La Durée macarons, this is not only an exquisitely entertaining read, but also a collectable objet d’art that will give a sprinkling of camp to even the squarest of coffee tables”—Kitty Grady, Financial Times

“This brightly and beautifully pink tome was created to accompany the Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibition at the MET in NYC and starts with the cradle and origin of what could be described as a movement”—Scene Point Black

"Camp: Notes on Fashion is highly recommended for dress historians interested in the interaction between art and fashion”—Alice Mackrell, The Journal of Dress History

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