Camp: Notes on Fashion

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By Andrew Bolton, with Karen Van Godtsenhoven and Amanda Garfinkel

Introduction by Fabio Cleto

Although an elusive concept, "camp" can be found in most forms of artistic expression, revealing itself to be a complex aesthetic that challenges the status quo. As an expression of the playful dynamics between high art and popular culture, fashion both embraces and flaunts such camp modes as irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration. Drawing from Susan Sontag's seminal 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'," this multifaceted publication presents the sartorial manifestations of the camp sensibility while contributing new theoretical and conceptual insights to the camp canon through texts and images. Stunning new photography by Johnny Dufort highlights works by exceptional fashion designers including Thom Browne, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Alessandro Michele, Franco Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Gianni Versace, and Vivienne Westwood.

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

By Andrew Bolton, with Karen Van Godtsenhoven and Amanda Garfinkel

Introduction by Fabio Cleto

Although an elusive concept, "camp" can be found in most forms of artistic expression, revealing itself to be a complex aesthetic that challenges the status quo. As an expression of the playful dynamics between high art and popular culture, fashion both embraces and flaunts such camp modes as irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration. Drawing from Susan Sontag's seminal 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'," this multifaceted publication presents the sartorial manifestations of the camp sensibility while contributing new theoretical and conceptual insights to the camp canon through texts and images. Stunning new photography by Johnny Dufort highlights works by...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Author: 
  • Pages: Book I: 184 pages; Book II: 162 pages
  • Illustrations: 179 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover with flexibound and paperback volumes
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 12''
  • ISBN: 9781588396686
Editorial Reviews

"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

"[An] amazing catalogue . . . extraordinary." 
      —Christiane Amanpour, CNN

"The catalog is divided into two discrete, mint-colored books, both of which are strapped into a handsome pink leather-bound case. The design is pure confection." 
      —Alex Weintraub, Los Angeles Review of Books

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

"…wondrously discursive main essay…" 
      —Andy Battaglia, ArtNews

"Befitting the giddy opulence of ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ [...] this catalogue is a haute objet unto itself." 
      —Jennifer Krasinski, Bookforum

"Opulent [...] extravagant [...] will escort you into a world of haute couture's most extravagant side [...] an extraordinary illuminating theoretical examination of camp." 
      —Do You Read Me?!

"Provides a rigorous overview of camp's etymological and phenomenological origins [...] 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

"…thorough catalogue essay…" 
      —David D'Arcy, Observer

"…beautiful—and quite campy in its own right…" 
      —Steff Yokta, Vogue

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