Notes on Fashion

Andrew Bolton; With Fabio Cleto, Karen Van Godtsenhoven, and Amanda Garfinkel, and photography by Johnny Dufort

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May 28, 2019
346 pages, 8 1/2 x 12
179 color illus.
ISBN: 9781588396686

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Drawing from Susan Sontag’s seminal essay, this striking volume explores the meaning of camp and its expression in fashion from its origins to today

Although an elusive concept, “camp” can be found in most forms of artistic expression, revealing itself through an aesthetic of deliberate stylization. Fashion is one of the most overt and enduring conduits of the camp aesthetic. As a site for the playful dynamics between high art and popular culture, fashion both embraces and expresses such camp modes of enactment as irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration.
Drawing from Susan Sontag’s seminal essay “Notes on Camp,” the book explores how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with the camp aesthetic in compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways. As a sartorial manifestation of the camp sensibility, this thought-provoking publication contributes new theoretical and conceptual insights into the camp canon through texts and images. Stunning new photography by Johnny Dufort highlights works by such fashion designers as Virgil Abloh, Thom Browne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Alessandro Michele, Franco Moschino, Miuccia Prada, Richard Quinn, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Gianni Versace, and Vivienne Westwood.

Andrew Bolton is the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“Featuring about 200 objects, both fine art and fashion, Camp: Notes on Fashion will trace the origins of the subject from the 17th century, specifically the court of Versailles, to the present day, when disruption and duplicity are the common currency.”—Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue 

“[An] amazing catalogue . . . extraordinary.”—Christiane Amanpour, CNN

“The catalog is divided into two discrete, mint-colored books, both of which are strapped into a handsome pink leather-bound case. The design is pure confection.”—Alex Weintraub, Los Angeles Review of Books

“a thumb-through of the show’s lavish if cumbersome catalog excited me.”—Roberta Smith, New York Times
Fashion and Fantasy

Andrew Bolton; With an essay by Michael Chabon

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Alexander McQueen
Savage Beauty

Andrew Bolton; With contributions by Susannah Frankel and T

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Schiaparelli & Prada
Impossible Conversations

Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda; With an introduction by Judi

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Chaos to Couture

Andrew Bolton; With Richard Hell, John Lydon, and Jon Savag

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Through the Looking Glass

Andrew Bolton; With John Galliano, Adam Geczy, Maxwell K.

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Manus x Machina
Fashion in an Age of Technology

Andrew Bolton; Photographs by Nicholas Alan Cope

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