Stylist: Lorenzo Posocco
Outfit: Atelier Versace by Donatella Versace – an iconic neckline, embroidered bodysuit, leggings and flowing duchesse overskirt in a high-low silhouette
Here are some of the hands who created this wonderful masterpiece: Nicola Bacchilega, Elenia Marzolo, Giuseppa Capone and the late Luigi Massi
Makeup Artist: Lisa Eldridge
Hairstylist: Anna Cofone
Manicurist: Mei Kawajiri
Jewelry: VRAM Jewelry
2019 MET Gala’s theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion which was based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on Camp. Her essay included 58 points detailing the ways the concept of “camp” could be constructed—this probably brought campinto the mainstream and made her a celebrity.
The exhibition was underwritten by Gucci, whose creative director Alessandro Michele said that Sontag’s essay perfectly expressed what camp truly meant to him: the unique ability of combining high art and pop culture.
The exhibit had 175 pieces of fashion including menswear, womenswear and 75 sculptures, paintings and drawings related to the theme. The pieces dated back as early as the 1600s. The show was presented in two parts, starting with the origins of camp as a concept, with Sontag as a ghost narrator.
The exhibit then used 100 examples from the 1960s onward to show how camp has become more mainstream with examples in the collections by Balenciaga, Prada and Vetements, as well as Gucci. The second half’s structural design was an “open piazza” mirroring “mainstream acceptance”. In all, around 37 fashion designers were represented, with 175 fashion pieces. Also on display was a full-length portrait of Oscar Wilde, spokesman for aestheticism, in a frock coat.
As a soundtrack for the show, the camp anthem Judy Garland‘s “(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow”, played intermittently in both sections of the show. The Wizard of Oz version in the first section, and a recording shortly before her death played in the second section. Garland was considered a gay icon and her death and funeral happened days before the Stonewall Riots took place although reports stated that the riots were spontaneous and not related to her passing.
Dua Lipa’s designer of choice this time was Versace and who could portray camp better than Donatella? Her custom made gown truly represented the opulence and love for colors of the house. You can take a look at a video from the Atelier and the backstage of the event here.