How the 2019 Met Gala Reflected a Shift in Black Men’s Relationship with Fashion

By now I am sure you know that this year’s Met Gala theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” based on a 1964 essay by Susan Sontag, and needless to say about 87.2% of layfolk were initially confused by the title.  The elements of “camp,” according to Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, include “artifice, exaggerations, theatricality, irony.”  Essentially it’s the opposite of anything we would typically see straight men wearing.  However, for a night usually focused on women’s fashions, it was the men, of every orientation, that dominated this year’s event.  Black male attendees in particular seemed to embrace the theme with a heightened level of excitement, exemplified by their daring outfit choices.

Odell Beckham, Jr. wearing Thom Browne