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Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY

NEW YORK (AP) – The Met Gala next year will be downright cheerful.

No, seriously: the Metropolitan Museum announced on Tuesday that "Camp: Notes on fashion" will be the title of its upcoming successful Spring Costume Institute exhibition. The exhibition is launched every year by the Met Gala, full of stars, where attendees are encouraged to dress according to the prescribed theme.

The museum said in a statement that the exhibition will get its frame from a 1964 essay by Susan Sontag, "Notes on the Field".

The program "will examine how fashion designers have used their metier as a vehicle to interact with the camp in an innumerable, humorous and, at times, incongruous manner," he said.

The Met Gala, formally known as Costume Institute Benefit, is always chaired by a team of high-voltage celebrities, and next year will be no exception. The issue of May 6, which will be signed by Gucci, will be chaired by pop star and actress Lady Gaga, tennis star Serena Williams and singer Harry Styles, along with Gucci designer Alessandro Michele and, as always, Vogue. the editor Anna Wintour.

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The new theme seems decidedly happier than the enormously successful "Celestial Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination", about the relationship between fashion and Catholicism.

That sumptuous and extensive show attracted more visitors than any Costume Institute exhibit, more than 1.3 million to the Met's Fifth Avenue main location, and nearly 200,000 to its Cloisters branch, and in fact it was one of the busiest shows in the history of the museum.

"Fashion is the most open and lasting conduit of the aesthetics of the camp," said Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute and creator of his successful shows. Bolton said the 2019 show "would promote a creative and critical dialogue about the continuous and constantly evolving impact of the camp in fashion."

The exhibition will feature approximately 175 objects, not only clothing but also sculptures, paintings and drawings.

The designers that will be presented in the program include: Cristóbal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Charles James, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Prada, Versace and many more.

"Camp: Notes on Fashion" will run from May 9 to September 8.

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