- deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style, typically for humorous effect.
“the movie seems more camp than shocking or gruesome”
- synonyms: exaggerated, theatrical, actorly, affected, mannered, flamboyant, extravagant, overripe;
Earlier this week, as you may have seen on our Instagram story if you follow us (which you absolutely should if you haven’t yet!!), we took a trip up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side to explore the Camp exhibit, open until September 8. And no, we’re not talking about the camp that involves tents, potential bear sightings and toasty s’mores. This camp is all about the ridiculous, on-the-nose type of fashion that never takes itself seriously. Our visit to the exhibit helped us better understand the extravagant world of “camp” through the intricate and elaborate looks on display. It became instantly clear the many ways that camp and Lori’s world go hand in hand.
To give you all a little run down on the exhibit itself, it was a very educational and visual experience. The entire exhibit is based off of Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp”, which portrays the ways in which theatricality and exaggeration play into camp as an element of fashion. Being divided into two parts, where part one focuses on the chronological history of how camp came to be, and part two displaying the evolution of camp through fashion. The exhibit features over 250 over-the-top garments and the ways in which various designers use this concept to express abstract ideas about race, gender, sexuality, etc. Also featuring paintings, sculptures, and drawings, the exhibit did an amazing job in highlighting that art is truly fashion… even when it involves humor!
Although the exhibit offered various definitions of camp through visuals and audio, we thought it’d be fun to define what camp really means to us here at LOGO and how it inspires us while designing our collections. While we were brainstorming different ways to define it, it hit us. Camp is essentially everything and anything! Lori really did say it better than we ever could. Even while styling different looks, Lori is never afraid to push the limits. Fashion is all about having fun and Lori is known for taking risks, especially when she once had the model, Freja Beha, wear a padded butt during a photoshoot! Successfully creating an extreme look, the pictures undoubtedly turned out great as you all can see below. Lori often uses humor in a lot of ways, even if the looks conveyed turn out to be controversial, just like her styled Haute Mess look for Vogue Italia! Fashion really can be anything and Lori always embodies this idea while designing LOGO looks specifically for YOU!!
The Met gala is definitely an event that many in the fashion industry look forward to every year. Lucky for us, this year’s theme perfectly aligned with Lori and her view on fashion. We decided to add in a couple of photos of Lori herself at the Met Gala. Doesn’t she look fantastic?!