The designer-director also shaded the singer's chandelier ensemble, even though it seemingly referenced Susan Sontag's influential 1964 essay "Notes on Camp."

Tom Ford doesn't seem to be a fan of camp — at least when Katy Perry's doing it.

The fashion designer and Nocturnal Animals filmmaker took a jab at the "When I'm Gone" singer's Met Gala fashions over the years, singling out her take on the 2019 Vogue event's theme of "Camp: Notes on Fashion," for which she arrived dressed as a chandelier before switching into a hamburger getup for Anna Wintour's post-carpet party.

"The only thing about the Met that I wish hadn't happened is that it's turned into a costume party," designer Tom Ford told Time of the annual benefit. "That used to just be very chic people wearing very beautiful clothes going to an exhibition about the 18th century. You didn't have to look like the 18th century, you didn't have to dress like a hamburger, you didn't have to arrive in a van where you were standing up because you couldn't sit down because you wore a chandelier."

Tom Ford attends The 2021 Met Gala; Katy Perry attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019
Tom Ford shaded Katy Perry's Met Gala hamburger look.
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Perry's chandelier look was, however, seemingly a direct reference to Susan Sontag's 1964 piece "Notes on Camp," from which the 2019 Met Gala drew its title.

"Camp sees everything in quotation marks. It's not a lamp, but a 'lamp,' not a woman, but a 'woman,'" Sontag wrote. "To perceive Camp in objects and persons is to understand Being-as-Playing-a-Role. It is the farthest extension, in sensibility, of the metaphor of life as theater."

Katy Perry attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.
Katy Perry as a chandelier at the 2019 Met Gala
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Representatives for Perry didn't immediately respond to EW's request for comment on Ford's statement, but fans of the performer quickly bit back, with some pointing out that Perry has often adhered to the theme at the Met Gala each year, whereas Ford typically attends in a similar outfit.

Perry's work isn't the only pop superstar project Ford has come for in recent months. Last year, the fashion figure shaded Lady Gaga's movie House of Gucci, which included actor Reeve Carney portraying a young Ford during his early years at the Gucci label.

"The film is… well, I'm still not quite sure what it is exactly, but somehow I felt as though I had lived through a hurricane when I left the theater," he wrote in a November 2021 essay. "Was it a farce or a gripping tale of greed? I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?"

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