The 2019 Met Gala Theme Is a Complete 180 From Heavenly Bodies

On Monday, the controversial “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibit officially came to an end. And the Costume Institute didn’t waste any time revealing the next theme for the 2019 installation. Next year, the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is expected to be the most extravagant theme yet: “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

If you’re thinking about those times you used to spend in the woods every summer, think again. The camp theme was inspired by writer and political activist Susan Sontag’s essay Notes on Camp. Sontag explains camp as the “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” Think playful, over-the-top designs that are exactly the opposite of what we’d wear in our everyday lives.

And they found the perfect celebrity to co-host the elaborate gala: Lady Gaga. The actress-slash-singer’s style is the epitome of camp. How could anyone ever forget that meat dress? And remember when she showed up to a red carpet in an egg-shaped womb? That’s what you call camp. Serena Williams and Harry Styles will also join Lady Gaga as co-host. And this year’s celebrated brand is none other than Gucci, the true champion of more is more.

VIDEO: See the Met Gala 2018 Looks

“We are going through an extreme camp moment,” says Andrew Bolton, Head Curator at the Met. “And it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalized cultures.”

The Met Gala won’t take place until May 6, 2019, but we’re already getting excited for the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme.

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