Celebrities are ‘freaking out’ about this year’s Met Gala ‘Camp’ theme

The Met Gala 2017

I feel like there hasn’t been a ton of buzz about this year’s Met Gala, which happens tonight in New York. I think this year’s gala sounds like so much fun though – the theme is “Camp,” as in campy, tacky fashion. I’m imagining a lot of vintage Bob Mackie, lots of rhinestones and polyester and for everything to just look silly and fun. It’s a moment where you can ask yourself “what would Cher or Dolly Parton wear?” Once again, this is a theme that invites a lot of creativity and imagination. And gossip too, probably. Page Six had a lengthy story about how this year’s theme is freaking out celebrities, and Page Six has lots of gossip about previous Met Galas. Some highlights:

Celebrities are worried: “I know some A-listers who regularly attend were unhappy with the looks designers were pitching them,” said one fashion insider. “The idea of ‘camp’ is out of their grasp. One major hairstylist to an A-list actress told me, ‘She’s freaking out because she just wants to look pretty.’” According to one veteran fashionista, there’s a fear of offending Wintour: “You get to the top of the stairs [at the Metropolitan Museum of Art] and . . . if she isn’t smiling, your dress sucks.”

A-list fashion designers target specific celebrities: “Vuitton and Gucci are very aggressive,” said fashion exec Chris Constable. “When I worked for DVF in 2014, Diane would tell us who her priorities were. That year it was Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba and Olivia Munn.” Meanwhile, Tom Ford has the shortest list. “Tom has a very precise idea of who wears his clothes well,” said an inside source. “We have to turn down a lot of celebs, believe me.” And the celebrities’ stylists also want to put their stamp on things. “Stylists are actually more competitive for the Met than even the Oscars,” said stylist Phillip Bloch.

Beyonce knows what she wants: Stylist Ty Hunter, who’s dressed Beyoncé for several Met Galas, said: “I never compete with anybody. Nor does Beyoncé. The last couple of times, we used Riccardo Tisci, formerly at Givenchy — he knows what works for her. That makes it easy.”

Hair change-ups: “If you do a change of hair or come with a famous date, the press goes crazy,” said the celeb stylist, who admitted to advising a client to pull such a move. No wonder brunette Anne Hathaway turned up in 2013 with a camera-ready platinum pixie.

Gwyneth is such a wet blanket: In 2012, Miuccia Prada herself created a silver satin get-up for Gwyneth Paltrow, according to a former celebrity wrangler for Prada. Paltrow’s stylist Elizabeth Saltzman told The Post: “It was a silver satin pinafore top and huge beautiful ball skirt. But she said, ‘Elizabeth, I want to have fun with my friends.’ She didn’t want everyone stepping on her train. So she left the skirt behind!” (After swearing off the Gala in 2013 — telling USA Today, “I’m never going again. It was so un-fun” — Paltrow returned in 2017 and is expected to attend this year.)

Is the theme right for 2019? “It’s hard to pull off a camp theme when [the Met Gala is] already by nature camp,” said Factory PR founder Mark Silver. “I think this theme’s a little tone-deaf right now. We’re in a moment of women’s empowerment and Nancy Pelosi’s suits.”

Some Kardashian shade: “Trust me, the Kardashians don’t care if it’s politically incorrect,” said another stylist. “And Anna’s let it become all about them.”

[From Page Six]

“Trust me, the Kardashians don’t care if it’s politically incorrect. And Anna’s let it become all about them.” Well… that’s true, to a certain extent. The Met Gala’s glamour did seem to decrease a bit once the Kardashian-Jenners were let through the gates. That being said, the Kardashian-Jenners were allowed access when the “A-listers” really began to skip the gala, so I suspect that Wintour has been using Kim & Kompany the same way I use them: as gossip filler until someone more newsworthy comes along. As for the Met Gala (or the theme) being “tone deaf” – well… duh? The whole f–king thing is excessive and tone-deaf in any political climate. I mean, what kind of theme should Wintour do? “Pantsuits and border town baby jails”?

Something to keep our eye on: last year, Amal Clooney pissed off Tom Ford by not wearing a Ford gown to the actual gala – she only changed into the Tom Ford gown for the parties. If Amal attends this year, my guess is that Ford will not dress her. For the gala, or anything else.

Met Gala Outside arrivals

The 2018 Costume Institute's MET Gala Benefit - Red Carpet Arrivals

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  1. Onerous says:

    Well I’m very excited to see who really pulls out all the stops – this is the most fun theme in years and why shouldn’t it be? We all need a little escapism, right?

    Already I can feel in my bones that too many are going to be soooo boring. Prom dress pretty. I don’t really get that at all because ALL of the invitees are people who have many opportunities every year to “look pretty.” Why not seize this one opportunity to really have fun and lean in!?

    • Lolly says:

      Prom and see through dresses.

      • Eliza says:

        I’m imagining a lot of pasties or carefully placed appliques. I think a lot of people will confuse gaudy with camp. Camp is fun.

  2. Eliza says:

    Camp is easy. Even the actress wanting to be pretty… put on your flattering dress and hair and pair it with a cheesecake bag.

    When Anna stopped inviting the NYC set who went every year, for the Kardashians and VS models, who all show up off theme in figure hugging or showing gowns, it lessened the exclusivity. Especially when they’re all taking bathroom selfies on the floor; gross. But the big celeb names still go, it’s just more publically covered, so sticking to theme gets you bad press now. So the fun costume gala is moot.

    • Div says:

      Yeah, I remember some of the celebrities getting dragged last year for sticking to the theme and celebrities who wore basic, boring outfits that barely fit the theme were lauded. It’s definitely become way less exclusive and more boring now that the IG models come.

      • Lee says:

        I agree. Unpopular opinion probably, but I think the Met has turned into a media and marketing circus.

  3. Char says:

    THIS is the theme for the Kardashians. Let’s be honest, they make any couture piece look camp. I’m just surpised it’s not “Kamp”, it would be much more fitting.

    And as usual, there’ll be tons of people who simply put a sexy gown and call it the day, with no care for the theme.

  4. Daisy says:

    The theme is amazing, but it doesn’t surprise me that people are scared and just want to look “pretty”. Also, one can wear a suit and and still be camp. And camp doesn’t deny “female empowerment”, that part was just silly.
    I’m expecting A LOT of Moschino and Gucci.
    Also nothing will be worse than the Rei Kawakubo year, you could count on one hand the amount of people who followed the theme.

  5. Div says:

    I’m cackling. For years, the Met Gala has had themes that are basically cultural appropriation or manage to anger the Catholic church or so on. For once, the theme is fine. Camp is not politically incorrect at all, and yet this is the year a stylist worries that it is is politically incorrect do dress up instead of having like a “f*ck Republican theme” (although that would be cool)? It never bothered the stylists before when the themes were actually, arguably problematic instead of the year it’s fine?

    Meh. Wasn’t the Met Gala such a disaster last year that a lot of celebrities allegedly swore off attending in the future? I’m only here for Harry Styles, Cardi, Gaga, RuPaul and Rihanna—rest of the outfits will probably be boring and not stick to the theme.

  6. Lizzie says:

    i don’t see how camp is considered politically incorrect. it is supposed to be subversive but there is a difference. turns out people already don’t get it. this theme is easy and 3/4 of the people will blow it.

  7. Nev says:

    I love how Gwyneth can totally shade the party and designers. So snob. And still get invited back. Bahahahahaha

  8. Beatrix says:

    The Tom Ford dress Amal wore to the afterparties was absolutely amazing and deserved to be worn to the Gala -it was on theme and everything. I can see why she went with the pant dress because of the train, which made the right statement for the photos on the entrance stairs, but I would have NEVER made that choice without running it by Tom Ford. I actually would have never pushed any Tom Ford creation to the 2nd choice, not a smart call if you want to stay on his good side. I usually don’t care about upsetting anyone with my own considerate and well-thought out choices, especially a man, but in this case, the dress was spectacular and Tom Ford knows what he’s doing, she should have trusted him.

  9. Dttimes2 says:

    Well if anyone knows tacky dressing its the Kardashians. Rhianna and SJP will bring it as well as Traci Ross

  10. Salted Watermelon says:

    For some reason I thought they meant Summer Camp, and I really wanted someone to show up looking like Phyllis Neffler in Troop Beverly Hills.

    • Maggi says:

      me too! I was picturing miles of khaki and utility belts in gown form

    • Tuille says:

      My first thought was camo or military boot camp.

    • 2lazy4username says:

      Me three! I had a flash of some amped up girl scout uniform with knee high socks and stilettos. But then that sounds like a Slutty Scout costume you’d buy at Party City for Halloween.

    • lucy2 says:

      That was my first thought too! Probably would be more fun.

  11. joro says:

    I preparing myself for a very disappointing showing this year. Zendaya is my constant fave each year but I’m lowering my expectation just in case.

    Most celebs struggle on very obvious themes, so i imagine the camp theme is very hard for them to translate into fashion.
    Last year was really good because most celebrities attempted the theme is some respect. With the Gala becoming so popular we have more and more people showing up and diluting the fashion with pretty dresses. This year feels like it might be more of that.

  12. Snowslow says:

    Camp is an amazing theme (I never paid attention to the Met themes): it’s subversive. Fashion has turned camp anyway (a symptom the state of the world?).

    But I agree that a theme could have been chosen to highlight more prevalent issues: “sustainable”; “fluid”.

    • Eliza says:

      The themes are based on the actual Costume Institutes exhibit. This one includes Versailles (sun king) to Bob Mackie (Cher)

      You could see anything from Marie Antoinette to Elton John, but most will stick very modern with sequins and feathers. Lots of skin showing. But I’d love to see some of the men putting on their best Versailles court heels and jackets.

      • Snowslow says:

        Oh Versailles inspired fashion for men would be awesome. Men’s fashion can be such a bore (and I’m quoting my husband).

  13. Case says:

    I think camp is such a fun theme and don’t think it’s politically incorrect at all. What the heck does it have to do with denying women’s empowerment, lol? It’s fine.

    Fashion right now is already kinda campy by nature, so this seems like an easy theme. Looking forward to the lewks.

  14. JennyJenny says:

    “She just wants to look pretty “
    What? Camp doesn’t mean you’ll look bad ~ camp is fun!

    Reminds me of the past when my friends and I would dress for Halloween. Some of them always wanted to wear a French maid or naughty nurse because they wanted to be ”cute”.

    Whereas I always enjoyed going with a good zombie or a witch; I wasn’t worried about being “cute”.

  15. juliebox says:

    so, up until this moment, i thought the theme was camp, as in summer camp, a la troop beverly hills!! lol i would’ve been VERY confused by the outfits if i hadn’t read this…

  16. Mumbles says:

    I gave up on Vogue years ago (the glowing profile of Assad’s wife was the last straw) but when I did subscribe, my favorite part was the out-there and beautiful shoots that Grace Coddington styled. They were imaginative and humorous and fun. Not “pretty” but striking and imaginative. And I wish that spirit extended to this gala but it never does. They all just want to look pretty. One of the few celebrities who seems to get it is Madonna. And I have no doubt she gets camp.

  17. NicoleInSavannah says:

    Well at least this year attendees may actually follow the theme even if unwittingly!

  18. Jess says:

    Oh man… I can’t wait to see Rhianna! Her Pope ensemble was amazing last year and I’m sure she’ll really bring it this year :D

  19. Lala11_7 says:

    Isn’t it ALWAYS tacky, camp dressing anyway? I think the theme is too broad, i.e. lazy AF

    It will be a GLORIOUS mess that I’m here for!

  20. Savannah says:

    This choice of theme smells like Dominic West. He is a close friend of Anna’s and has, in several interviews, said he LOVES to play camp and grand characters. (ex. Willy in his last film Colette with Kiera Knightley)
    Also, people say he’s a bit camp himself personally.

    Anyways. Sounds like something he could have suggested and that he might have had something to do with it..

  21. Rice says:

    Rumour has it that Beyonce and Rihanna aren’t attending. If that’s true, then at least there’s SJP and Madonna.

  22. ChillyWilly says:

    I don’t get how Bob Mackie is Campy? Campy to me is like how Cyndi Lauper dressed in the 80′s. Isn’t Betsy Johnson stuff Camp?

  23. Clairej says:

    The Met Gala used to seem so glamourous to me. All the best of the top Models, Designers and A-Listers – or a least interesting up and coming Actors/Actresses. Now when I see the Kardashians, boring VS models, Halsey/Rita Ora types it is depressing. Anna needs to leave the building immediately. Maybe Tim Gunn could take over. At least the Kardashian’s wouldn’t be invited!