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CAMP: Notes on Fashion

by Andrew Bolton Metropolitan Museum of Art
Pub Date:
05/2019
ISBN:
9781588396686
Format:
Hbk 346 pages
Price:
AU$104.99 NZ$111.30
Product Status: In Stock Now
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Although an elusive concept, ‘camp’ can be found in most forms of artistic expression, revealing itself through an aesthetic of deliberate stylisation. 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, humour, 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, Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Gianni Versace and Vivienne Westwood.
"Featuring about 200 objects, both fine art and fashion, CAMP: Notes on Fashion will trace the origins of the subject from the 17th century, specifically the court of Versailles, to the present day, when disruption and duplicity are the common currency." - Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue
Andrew Bolton is the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.