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The 2020 Met Gala Theme Has Been Announced and It’s About Time


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It’s that time! Thrilled to announce the @metcostumeinstitute spring 2020 exhibition, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” opening ‪May 7 with the #MetGala ‪on May 4. #MetAboutTime will trace fashion from 1870 to today along a disruptive timeline, as part of The Met’s 150th anniversary celebration. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée—time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible—the show will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the “ghost narrator” of the exhibition. Learn more at the link in bio.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ This exhibition is made possible by @LouisVuitton. Additional support is provided by @CondeNast. ⁣ ⁣ David Bailey (British, born 1938). Surreal, 1980. © David Bailey. #TheMet #CostumeInstitute #Met150

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While award season has already kicked off, it’s not just the Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammys we’re looking forward to. The Oscars of fashion, aka the Met Gala, is the biggest event on the fashion calendar and now we finally know the theme for 2020: “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”

If you’re wondering what exactly the theme means, you’re not alone. According to Vogue, in honor of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary, the cultural institution will celebrate by showcasing the history of fashion around a “disruptive” timeline. Still confused? Yeah, so are we. But we think it all revolves around the retelling of the history of fashion via a rather fragmented approach. It actually makes sense in the sense that fashion, much like history, has a habit of repeating. Just look at how trends from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s are suddenly in again.

The idea for the spring exhibition actually came from the 1992 film Orlando, which tells the time-traveling tale of the same name originally penned by Virginia Woolf. And the author is serving as the exhibit’s “ghost narrator” with several of her quotes popping up in the show.

The 2020 gala’s co-chairs were also revealed and judging by the list, it’s going to be quite the party. Anna Wintour will be joined by Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone.

The 2020 Met Gala takes place Monday, May 4 so make sure to mark your calendar.