The fashion industry’s most talked-about night— the Met Gala— has announced its theme for 2020. The first Monday in May is traditionally one of New York’s glitziest nights at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibit and the theme in 2020 will be “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”
The theme 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.
The co-chairs of the 2020 Met Gala are Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Nicolas Ghesquiere of Louis Vuitton (the brand will serve as a sponsor for the event).
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.