The 2020 Met Gala Theme Is … Time?


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The 2020 Met Gala Theme Is … Time?

Simply a few years back, the Met Gala themes were as easy as the name of a label, like Comme des Garçons, or a design, like punk. But those days seem to be in the past. Even though stars interpreted this previous year’s theme, camp, with varying degrees of success, the Metropolitan Museum of Art seems sticking with intricacy: On Thursday, it revealed that next year’s Outfit Institute exhibition will be titled “About Time: Style and Period.”

Abstract as that may be, it certainly fits in with the fact that the Met will be commemorating its 150th anniversary in 2020. Strangely enough, though, that doesn’t appear to have factored very much into the Costume Institute’s decision-making. Andrew Bolton, its lead curator, told the New York Times he was merely looking for “something that connects to the zeitgeist, and what individuals are talking about now.” And what’s more prompt than time?The exhibition will cover 150 years of fashion, and obviously take a nuanced and open-ended” approach.”It’s a reimagining of style history that’s fragmented, alternate, and heterogeneous,” Bolton said.As for motivation, Bolton is wanting to the theories of Henri Bergson, a 20th-century French philosopher, in addition to both versions of Orlando– the 1928 bookby Virginia Woolf, and the 1992 movie adjustment by director Sally Potter, which center on an individual who suddenly changes into a female after investing hundreds of years living as a man.”There’s a terrific scene in which Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th century female’s bathrobe à la Francaise, and as she goes through it her clothes alter to mid-19th century dress, and she re-emerges in 1850s England. That’s where the initial concept came from,”Bolton said.(Swinton recently relied on Orlando for inspiration herself, when curating her first-ever art exhibition.)


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