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MET Gala 2020, the theme finally unveiled

03 December 2019 | Posted by Zackary


The Metropolitan Museum of New York's Costume Institute has announced the theme of its next major exhibition and, along with it, that of the 2020 MET Gala. After the legacy of the label Comme des Garçons in 2017, the links between style and Catholic liturgy in 2018, or the flamboyant camp last year, this edition, entitled "About Time: Fashion and Duration", will focus on the evolution of fashion. An actually broad subject, inspired by one movie in particular: Orlando.

In this 1992 drama, an adaptation of Virginal Woolf's eponymous novel, Tilda Swinton plays a character who doesn't really age, thus going through eras and trends. During a scene that has become iconic, she is seen entering a labyrinth wearing an 18th century French-style dress (think Marie-Antoinette), from which she walks out in a 19th century Victorian costume. Goodbye pink knots and falbalas, say hello to Victorian austerity.

The exhibition will focus on a period that spans from the 1870s — marking the beginnings of haute couture — to the 2020s, where it will have fun trying to determine the fashion of the (very near) future. We will also find pieces that have passed through the ages thanks to the use of notable techniques, materials and motifs, leaving their imprint to this day, such as the dresses of Madeleine Vionnet, high priestess of the drape.

The exhibition will focus on a period that spans from the 1870s — marking the beginnings of haute couture — to the 2020s, where it will have fun trying to determine the fashion of the (very near) future. We will also find pieces that have passed through time thanks to the use of notable techniques, materials and motifs, leaving their mark to this day, such as the Madeleine Vionnet's draped dresses.

Until then, all you have to do is book a flight to the Big Apple or, for the broke ones, wait for the article we will write about it in May... •


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