If one needed any further proof that Serena Williams is omnipresent in general pop culture, she will co-chair the 2019 Met Gala in New York City with Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele and fashion curator in chief Anna Wintour.
The party’s fashion side will, per usual, pair seamlessly with the marquee art exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Serena radiated in green at the 2017 Met Gala, with husband Alexis Ohanian by her side.
What’s more, the 2019 event’s theme has already been announced, with "Camp: Notes on Fashion” as the title. That theme arrives inspired by Susan Sontag’s essay “Camp,” published in 1964. Per Entertainment Weekly, Sontag “describes camp as a genre of fashion that demonstrates ‘love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration ... style at the expense of content ... the triumph of the epicene style.’”
Lady Gaga herself is a beacon of camp culture—be it pop camp, queer camp or other subgenres. Styles enters as a co-chair perhaps because Gucci’s Michele is a co-chair as well, and the former One Direction star Styles is a centerpiece in Gucci’s latest ad campaign.
Perhaps Serena enjoys a co-chair role in light of her ongoing love affair with Vogue, which has placed her on its cover and featured her prominently over time. Wintour is, of course, a perennially present tennis fan.
The 2019 Met Gala will get campy on May 6, which means Serena doesn't plan to play Madrid.
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