Anna Wintour Vogue Editor-in-Chief arrives for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. - The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Artís Costume Institute. The Gala's 2018 theme is ìHeavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.î (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP)
Anna Wintour teases about Met Gala red carpet—’It might not be red’
Anna Wintour recently spoke to The Today Show about the Met Gala and dropped several hints about what we can expect from fashion’s party of parties.
But first, Anna clarifies in the interview that this year’s theme “Camp” doesn’t mean hiking or being outdoors. “It’s nothing about nature. It’s everything completely artificial and fake,” she says.
The theme comes from the 1964 Susan Sontag essay, “Notes on Camp,” which you can read in full here.
“It is not a natural mode of sensibility, if there be any such. Indeed the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration”, writes Sontag, “And Camp is esoteric—something of a private code, a badge of identity even, among small urban cliques.”
Asked about the “red carpet,” Anna quickly interjects, “It might not be red.”
Interviewer Jenna Bush Hager is visibly intrigued. “What color could it be?” Anna responds, “Well, I think you just have to think about camp.”
Jenna further probes, “Could it be glittery? Sequins?”
“I couldn’t possibly tell you,” Anna says. “I gave you a hint!”
And more hints: “We’re going to have an awful lot of feathers on the whatever-color carpet Monday night.”
Jenna doesn’t relent, “Will you be in feathers?”
“It’s top secret, too,” says Anna.
Anna does reveal a hope for the future. Asked about her dream guests, Anna says, “I would love to have the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge, together. That would be my dream couple. They could leave their husbands at home. It’s the two of them I want!”
Any guesses about what the mysterious “whatever-color” carpet will be? —JG