Anna Wintour has described the 2019 Met Gala as one of the “happiest”.
Famous faces who attend the prestigious fashion event, held annually on the first Monday in May, are given a theme to adhere to, which is based on the exhibition staged at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Last year, the theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion, and in a new interview with Billy Porter for The Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief recalled it being one of the best experiences she can remember as all of the guests felt so free.
“Each Met Gala responds to what the exhibition subject is. Some have been a little bit more stiff, like when we did (Charles James: Beyond Fashion) or more aggressive, when we did (Punk: Chaos to Couture),” Wintour explained. “It all depends on what the exhibition is. Camp was the happiest night that I can remember in all the years because I think people just so enjoyed themselves, enjoyed dressing up and not having any sense of, ‘Do I look right?’ It was, ‘This is who I am.’ Everybody had a smile on their face.”
And Wintour also defended the use of the word ‘camp,’ which has previously been used as a derogatory description of gay people.
“If you look at the history of what the word means, it means that things that are a little bit off – rather than the way that I think some people think of it. Camp is celebration of self-expression,” the 70-year-old commented, noting that the exhibition itself – curated by Andrew Bolton – was a celebration. “What we all wanted to celebrate in that exhibition is that you need to be who you are, and nobody should tell you anything else… It was beautiful.”
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