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Why the Met Gala's Red Carpet Is Actually Pink

It all has to do with this year's theme.
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By all accounts, this is going to be a good Met Gala. (The criteria for a "good" Met Gala, of course, require celebrities to wear amazing and bizarre outfits, generating photos that will live on in our collective pop cultural consciousness.) And with "camp" as this year's theme, success is all but assured.

It also helps that, thanks to a pink "red carpet," every musician, actor, or an otherwise famous person to grace the Metropolitan Museum of Art's steps will be surrounded by a glorious shade of fuchsia.

The public first got wind of this last week on Today, when Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and longtime ringleader of the Met Gala, revealed that the carpet "might not be red!" This creative decision was made to go along with the theme, which Wintour briefly described as meaning "everything that’s completely artificial and fake."


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A peek at the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibit at the Met

Camp is a notoriously slippery term. Although she did not invent the concept, Susan Sontag left an indelible mark on the discourse with her 1964 essay "Notes on Camp." (Hence the title of this year's Costume Institute exhibition, "Fashion: Notes on Camp.")

"The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration," Sontag wrote in an early draft of the essay, titled "Notes on Homosexuality." "And Camp is esoteric—something of a private code, a badge of identity even, among small urban cliques."

Wintour admitted that she'd received some "very interesting texts" in the run-up to the Gala, from attendees consulting her on what to wear. She imagines that there will be more than a few surprises—likely including "an awful lot of feathers."

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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