Ice skaters in S& amp; M gear, models in panto petticoats, Ricky Martin in tighty whities … were in the grip of a camp detonation and now it has a radical bite
There are few more mercurial culture concepts than camp- or more enduring ones. America’s current king of Tv camp, Ryan Murphy, is winning new accolades with his arch, neon-lit true-crime drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The Wintertime Olympics’ breakout starring, ice skater Adam Rippon, set lesbian Twitter aflame by arriving at the Oscars wearing a Jeremy Scott tux and leather harness. Jonathan van Ness, long-haired, plaid-skirted grooming expert of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has ensured that spectators of the Netflix show now” spray, lag and walk away” when applying cologne.
So far, so fabulous. But also so familiar: camp is, after all, a perennial feature of style for white gay men. Yet camp can also be revolutionary. At Paris fashion week this month, Japanese label Comme Des Garcons presented alternative solutions vision. On displaywere ruffles, clashing polka-dot and tartan patterns, voluminous panto-dame petticoats and endless puckering layers.