The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraising ball has officially announced its 2020 theme: “About Time: Fashion and Duration”. Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute was inspired by Sally Potter’s 1992 film Orlando, based on Virginia Woolf’s notorious novel and borrowing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of ‘La Durée’ — time that flows, accumulates and is indivisible. The press release states that “the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future.”
Bolton says that the event will be “a reimagining of fashion history that’s fragmented, discontinuous and heterogenous”. Speaking on the inspiration he found within Orlando, Bolton notes “There’s a wonderful scene in which Tilda Swinton 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 reemerges in 1850s England. That’s where the original idea came from.” He went onto say “What I like about Woolf’s version of time is the idea of a continuum. There’s no beginning, middle, or end. It’s one big fat middle. I always felt the same about fashion. Fashion in the present.”
2020 is a big year for the Met as the institution is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The museum is holding a special celebratory series of exhibitions spotlighting its main masterworks selected from their collections throughout the years in addition to new acquisitions. The Met also recently announced that their spring exhibition will feature 150 years of fashion history extracted from their famed archives and showcased along a “disruptive” timeline. Bolton explains that it is “A very rational, regulated chronology of fashion from 1870 to 2020, the timescale of modernity.”
The confirmed cochairs for the gala will be Meryl Streep, Anna Wintour, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière. In a press release written by the Met’s director Max Hollein, it is stated that “the show will consider the ephemeral nature of fashion, employing flashbacks and fast-forwards to reveal how it can be both linear and cyclical.”
This will surprisingly be Streep’s first ever Met attendance! The beloved actress is known to keep a low profile when it comes to red carpets and award shows she is not obliged to attend. We can’t wait to see Streep strut the famed steps in what will surely be a show-stopping ensemble!
What looks are you anticipating to see from your fave celebs on the first Monday of May’s Met Gala red carpet? Let us know!