As we prepare to enter into a new decade, the Met’s annual fundraising event, or, more accurately, your-chance-to-act-as-a-fashion-critic-for-the-night-event, has revealed the theme for its latest exhibition.
This year's camp-themed Met Gala delivered an endless stream of over-the-top red carpet moments (and several live outfit changes from Lady Gaga), but it's officially time to look ahead to the 2020 event. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the theme of next year's Costume Institute exhibit will be "About Time: Fashion and Duration.”
If you thought camp was confusing, you probably have some questions about what exactly a "time" theme means. Following on from this year, which took inspiration from Susan Sontag’s Notes on Camp, next years event will look to another literary heavyweight, Virginia Woolf, and her seminal time-travelling novel Orlando. Explained in a press release, the exhibition will compare designers from the last 150 years, such as Alaïa and Vionnet, or juxtapose two designers from a certain period who were competitive, such as Rei Kawakubo and Georgina Godley in the 80s.
Given the range of a 150-year timeline of fashion, it may be one of the most abstract and eclectic Met Gala red carpets ever—with celebrities being able to time-travel back through several centuries of fashion. Or, of course, they technically could opt for something that's "timeless."
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And if you feared this year’s gala would only host the typical celebrities, tastemakers, and Vogue staffers of years past rest easy, for Virginia Woolf will, and I quote, “serve as the ‘ghost narrator’ of the exhibition.”
Speaking of celebrities...next year's Met Gala will mark two prestigious occasions: the 150th anniversary of the museum and the very first time that Meryl Streep will attend the fashionable event. Streep will not only attend the Met Gala but she will be co-chairing the event alongside Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Nicolas Ghesquiere of Louis Vuitton.
The 2020 Met Gala will be held on May 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the exhibition will open to the public on May 7, 2020.
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