Let’s Get Campy: 11 Fun-Loving Pieces That Will Be Instant Outfit Makers
On the first Monday in May, New York's Metropolitan Museum will cut the ribbon on this year's Costume Institute Spring exhibit, titled "Camp: Notes on Fashion." In a press release from the museum, it was explained that the sure-to-be head-turning exhibit will "explore the origins of camp's exuberant aesthetic and how the sensibility evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture."
While the word "campy" might at first call to mind many a red carpet Lady Gaga getup, an embellished naked dress from the likes of Cher or Beyoncé, as well as some eccentric collection of clothing once found layered on Little Edie Beale, it can also be so much more than that. Whether it's a statement sleeve crafted of a classic white t-shirt; a layered asymmetrical skirt that has most recently become a staple of labels like Monse and Sacai; or the addition of that humorous or whimsical statement piece from Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and more.
So, in celebration of this year's exhibit theme, and in keeping with the words of the Director of the Met, Max Hollein, who explained, "this exhibition will reveal that it has had a profound influence on both high art and popular culture," here are all our favorite campy style must haves for Spring.