Fashion encourages us to embrace our personal style, while allowing those who dare to explore different depths. Then, there’s camp – the top tier of “extra”. This is not a new concept, designers like Elsa Schiaparelli, Rei Kawakubo, and Thierry Mugler have been redefining and shaping Camp to bring us some of the most iconic looks we’ve seen to date. After this year’s MET Gala we’ve all heard of it, but what is it and how can we make it wearable? Keep reading to find out how to master “The Art of Extra”. Trust us, it’s much easier than you think.
Camp is simply described as being extravagant or theatrical in nature. To connect it to fashion, it refers to an intentionally over-the-top and exaggerated style. It involves dressing in a way that’s so outlandish and artificial that stereotypes melt away, bringing the focus to fashion. Camp, when done correctly, is reminiscent of a theatrical performance full of free expression and art that is not meant to be taken too seriously displayed through fashion – but make it glamorous!
Bring your wildest dreams to life through what you wear. Get wrapped up in countless layers of tulle or wear enough rhinestones to be seen from outer space.
The Fine Line
When delving into the world of fashion it’s difficult to find the fine line between what’s too much and what’s just right, by finding trends that interest you. Taking a closer look at what details specifically draw you in can help. Get inspired by runway designers like Anna Sui and Moschino, who are certifiably chic and extra. Take a look at their RTW (Ready-to-Wear) fashion (we have a ton of hot off the press fashion month trend reports readily available) and try your hand at recreating those looks. Try a Mood pattern to get started using silk, brocade or any fabric that you’d like. Remember, extra doesn’t have to mean tacky; it’s all about having fun, experimenting, and finding out what could elevate and expand your personal style. Fashion is all about you, after all.
It’s okay to be your own kind of extra. Start small by adding iron-on appliques or decorative studs to an old jacket and see where it takes you.
Wearable and Extra
Almost unknowingly, camp is being pumped into RTW fashion, defying what was once considered unconventional. Garments are becoming more “extra,” being reinvented by details and accessories, making appearances more frequently. Trims like lace, fringe, sequins, and beads can be found far and wide in copious amounts. Not only are trims becoming more popular, but patterns are also seeing more experimental executions, too. Adding cut-outs, asymmetrical hems or sleeves, and making everything over-sized like The Blackthorn coat. After all, camp is meant to be fun and playful.
Play with feathers or fringe which are both trending at the moment or check out Mood Sewciety to try your hand at draping to make your own designs. With so many options, our specialty fabrics are a great experimental starting point.
Camp is especially fun and expressive, as is the rest of fashion. Don’t forget that your style tells your story, whether you strive for Camp style clothing 24/7 or you’re just curious to find out what the buzz is about it. What Camp themed look would you create? I know I’d strive for Lady Gaga at the MET Gala extra, but I’m also all about over the top fashion.