MILAN — The memory of Karl Lagerfeld is permeating nearly every event in Milan this season, including the press presentation on Friday for the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition to be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute May 9 to Sept. 8.
With a crack in her voice, Vogue editor in chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour described Lagerfeld as “a great friend, a benefactor, a collaborator, erudite and incredibly generous,” having lent 120 pieces to the Met over the years. “He had a wicked sense of humor and would have loved this exhibition.
“Camp is hard to define,” added Wintour, noting with a smile that the exhibit will display items “from the Sun King to drag queens,” and quoted Oscar Wilde: “Either be a work of art or wear it.”
Jeremy Scott (American, born 1975) for House of Moschino (Italian, founded 1983). Ensemble, spring/summer 2018. Courtesy of Moschino. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019
Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci, which is supporting the exhibit, also addressed a crowed that included Kering chief François-Henri Pinault and Thom Browne at Milan’s intimate, 19th-century Teatro Gerolamo, where two of Michele’s designs were displayed with two Palomo Spain looks. At the entrance, a voluminous pink