Afternoon nap meets red carpet? Kind of. Today, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its next exhibition and 2024 Met Gala theme: “Sleeping Beauty: Fashion Resurgent.” While this sounds like a win for sleepy girls everywhere, myself included, the focus of the exhibition will actually be on clothes at rest (not people) and forgotten, fragile garments from over 400 years of history.
Contemporary works from designers such as Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney and Conner Ives will also be included, it said FashionThe exhibition will also feature archive designs from classic industry giants such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy and more. Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of the Costume Institute, said there will also be about 50 pieces on display that are too fragile to be worn again (music to Kim Kardashian’s ears), including an Elizabethan bodice and a silk one 1877 ball gown by Charles Frederick Worth.
“Fashion is one of the most emotive artistic forms because of its connection to the body,” Bolton said Fashion. “It’s steeped in memories and emotions, and we relate to it a lot through our senses. One thing I hope this show activates is the sensory perception of fashion.”
As for the Met Gala itself, which takes place on May 6, 2024 and is sponsored by TikTok, an official dress code has yet to be announced, but with all of these iconic designers of yore in the exhibition lineup, we can probably expect some stunning archival copies or replicas. Alexander McQueen’s Oyster dress and Dior’s Venus and Junon ball gowns are on my inspiration wish list. But who knows, with a bevy of celebrities. We can probably expect Lil Nas X to show up in his pajamas and call it a day.
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