Harry Styles And Lady Gaga Will Host The “Camp”-Themed 2019 Met Gala

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A queer theorist’s dream

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the Costume Institute's 2019 exhibition. Called "Camp: Notes on Fashion," it will take inspiration from Susan Sontag's iconic essay, "Notes on 'Camp.'" Harry Styles and Lady Gaga will be amongst the Met Gala co-chairs, so you know the event is going to be wild. Hope you took copious notes on all your queer theory reading in undergrad—it's about to come in handy.

"We are going through an extreme camp moment," Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, said in a statement, "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." Bolton went as far as to refer to Trump as a "very camp figure," noting that camp is not limited to queer camp.

Bolton notes fashion's "ability to convey very complex ideas about our cultural mores in seemingly accessible ways," and he's right—take, for instance, Jeremy Scott's anti-Brett Kavanaugh runway look, or Jenifer Lewis walking the Emmys red carpet in full Nike. Serena Williams will also co-chair the event, along with Anna Wintour and Gucci's Alessandro Michele. Williams may appear like an odd choice given the pairing of Styles and Gaga, who easily fit the bill of camp, but the discourse surrounding her recent controversial US Open loss and French Open's new dress code that deemed her catsuit unacceptable falls in line with Bolton's comments on Trump and political camp, making her a fitting choice. 

“Sontag in her essay said not everything is camp, but since I have been working on the show, I have started to think it is everywhere, and that all fashion is on some level camp,” Mr. Bolton added. Note to celebrities: That's not an excuse to be boring and ignore the theme, as some have done in the past. The gala doesn't happen until May 6 of next year, so there's plenty of time to plan an incredible look and, if necessary, dust off your old queer theory books and start studying. 

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."