On Wednesday, Vogue announced the much-anticipated theme for the 2024 Met Gala to be “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.”
The fame-filled evening, often nicknamed “Fashion’s Biggest Night,” will celebrate the opening of the spring 2024 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. This time around, the showcase will feature roughly 250 works from the Institute’s permanent collection, many of which have rarely ever been shown to the public. Spanning 400 years of fashion history, the exhibition will include pieces from contemporary fashioners such as Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney and Connor Ives, among others, as well as canonical designers like Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy.
Max Hollein, The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and CEO, told the outlet, “This innovative show will push the boundaries of our imagination and invite us to experience many facets of a work, to learn more about its history, and, ultimately, to gain a deeper appreciation of its beauty.”
The exhibition will center 50 delicate, historical garments that cannot be worn again, hence the name “Sleeping Beauties.” Among them, Charles Frederick Worth’s 1877 silk satin ballgown and a 17th-century bodice will be on display, across three main zones — Land, Sea and Sky – that chronicle the historical transformations of natural materials for fashion design.
Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, added, “Fashion is one of the most emotional artistic forms because of its connection to the body. It is imbued with memory and emotions, and we relate to it very much via our senses. One thing I hope this show will activate is that sensorial appreciation of fashion.”
SHOWStudios’ Nick Knight is on board as the creative consultant for the exhibition’s visual presentation, and Sissel Tolaas, who has previously collaborated with Demna’s Balenciaga, will handle select installations.
In more fashion news, Willy Chavarria was named the American Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2023 CFDA Awards.
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