Were Black Designers Left Out Of The MET’s Camp Exhibit?

Unless you’ve been on a social media fast, you’ve seen the photos and heard the chatter surrounding the Met Gala’s red carpet on Monday. What was once a simple fundraiser starting at $50 per ticket to help fund the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been transformed into a star-studded, invite only event starting at $35,000 per ticket and $300,000 per table thanks in large part to Anna Wintour.

Wintour has used her position as Vogue’s editor-in-chief and her seat on the Met’s board to truly transform the Gala into the premiere socialites elite event, complete with themes for attendees to adhere to.

This year’s theme? Camp: Notes on Fashion.

For the uninitiated, Camp derives from New York’s Black drag queen and ballroom culture of the 70’s and 80’s. With this in mind, Refinery29 recently posed the question of where were the Black designers in the MET’s exhibit?

According to R29: “While designers like Gucci, Moschino, Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli, Versace, and Louis Vuitton were all featured in the exhibition, there were only three Black designers featured in ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion.’ Dapper Dan’s Gucci pieces made the cut but nothing from his ‘80s archive. There is even a section labeled “cultural slumming.'”

For more on this, head over to Refinery29’s story!

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