2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The milepost will be celebrated with new exhibits, public events and the very highly anticipated and most awaited ‘Met Gala’. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced the theme for the 2020 exhibit: “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” The exhibition will showcase a century and a half of fashion history presented through a disruptive timeline.
Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute found inspiration in the 1992 Sally Potter movie, Orlando, based on the time traveling novel by Virginia Woolf of the same name. “There’s a wonderful scenein which TildaSwinton enters the maze in an 18th-century woman’s robe à la Francaise, and as she runs through it, her clothes change to mid-19th-century dress, and she re-emerges in 1850s England. That’s where the original idea came from.”
In contrast to the currentyear’s theme “Camp”, the next year’s event is expected to be comprised of more sombre ensembles.Max Hollein, the director of The Met has stated in a press release that this exhibition will consider the transient nature of fashion using flashbacks and fast forwards to show it can be both linear and cyclical. The show is expected to present a continuum of fashion over the Museum’s 150 year history.
The 2020 Met Gala co-chairs will be Nicolas Ghesquière, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton women's wear, "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, actresses Emma Stone and Meryl Streep, and Met Gala staple Anna Wintour. The renowned benefit will take place May 4, 2020, with the exhibit open to the public from May 7 until September 7, 2020