Dressing the cinema
Every year, Dressing The Cinema brings together cult and classic films coagulated under a thematic umbrella, in an attempt to explore the role of costumes in creating characters and weaving the narrative. This year Dressing the Cinema is CAMP. The concept of camp is a very slippery one. It was theorized for the first time by American critic Susan Sontag, in her 1964 essay “Notes on Camp’: “Camp is a certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon. That way, the way of Camp is not in terms of beauty, but in terms of the degree of artifice, of stylization”. Pastiche, theatricality, irony and a sort of cheekiness are key to understanding camp, which oftenly functions as “something of a private code, a badge of identity even, among small urban cliques” according to Sontag. Her definition was contested on many occasions by different critics, especially regarding its political and subversive nature.