Next year's Met Gala theme revealed

Brenda Watkins
November 8, 2019

Behold, the 2020 Met Gala: "About Time: Fashion and Duration". For 2020 we will see the NY museum showcase a century and a half of fashion history from its extensive archive, presenting it along a disruptive timeline.

Planning is underway for the 2020 Met Gala, which this year will be themed: About Time: Fashion and Duration.

Fashionistas, listen up: The 2020 Met Gala Committee has been announced.

Wanting to challenge the way we think about fashion history Andrew Bolton, Head Curator of the Met's Art's Costume Institute said the show is about "reimagining of fashion history that's fragmented, discontinuous, and heterogeneous". The Met says the theme was influenced by French philosopher Henri Bergson's concept of "la durée" - time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible - and the 160-piece collection will be a comprehensive guide to understanding how fashion and time are coupled, with Virginia Woolf serving as the "ghost narrator".

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The goal behind "About Time: Fashion and Duration" will be to get us to think differently about fashion's history - Bolton is dividing 160 women's garments into two sections or "timescales".

The concept of time, therefore, will inform the sartorial choices of the fashion world's biggest night of the year, the annual invite-only gala fundraiser that is traditionally held before the exhibition opens.

The exhibition will conclude with a section on the future of fashion. For example, a black silk faille princess-line dress from the late 1870s will be paired with an Alexander McQueen "Bumster" skirt from 1995.

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