Nicolas Ghesquiere and Anna Wintour are among the co-chairs for the 2020 Met Gala.
On Thursday, officials at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced that The Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition will be centred on the theme of About Time: Fashion and Duration, and will be on view from 7 May until 7 September 2020.
In celebration of the opening, The Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, will take place on 4 May, with the evening’s co-chairs to include Ghesquiere, who is Louis Vuitton creative director for womenswear, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour, as well as Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.
The annual event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements, and draws in a number of top fashion designers, models, and names from the entertainment industry.
Meanwhile, the exhibition will trace more than a century and a half of fashion, from 1870 to the present, as part of the museum’s 150th anniversary celebration. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of “la duree”- time that flows, accumulates – representatives explained that they wanted to explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future.
“Fashion is indelibly connected to time,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Costume Institute, said in a statement. “It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times, serving as an especially sensitive and accurate timepiece. Through a series of chronologies, the exhibition will use the concept of duration to analyse the temporal twists and turns of fashion history.”
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