CAMP - Notes on Fashion - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

CAMP - Notes on Fashion

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'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.' - FT

A striking book exploring the meaning of camp and its expression in fashion from its origins to today.

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 metier 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.

  • Author: Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Hardcover: 346 pages 
  • Date published: April 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396686
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 21.6 cm