I've been putting this post off for awhile and coming back to it because I'm not exactly sure what I mean when I say "camp" or how exactly to define it. What got me going in this direction of exploring camp taste is a quote in the show notes from Marc Jacobs' S/S 2011 show (see it in motion by clicking the link),
“The relation between boredom and camp taste cannot be overestimated. Camp taste is by its nature possible only in affluent societies, societies or circles capable of experiencing psychopathology of affluence.” -Susan Sontag
The notion of subjectivity and taste is what makes "camp" so frustrating. It can occupy oppositional spaces of vulgarity and sophistication simultaneously. Take a closer look at Kristin McMenamy's closing show look at the far right. I think this illustrates the idea of camp tastes deceptive, it very revealing yet elegant at the same time. I might also add that the wall of purses at the new LV Maison in Vancouver is monumentally grotesque and wonderfully covetable as well. Something to think about.
*** All photo credits via STYLE.COM
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