Here's the Deal With the 2020 Met Gala Theme, "About Time"
Update: This year's Met Gala has been officially canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The museum itself will not reopen until mid August at least, and the "About Time: Fashion and Duration" exhibit will still run at the Met museum from October 29 through February 7, 2021.
Original post: The next Met Gala will invite style stars and fashion insiders alike to travel through time. The Costume Institute has announced "About Time: Fashion and Duration" as the theme for its next exhibit, which will also celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 150th anniversary. The gala will be hosted by Louis Vuitton, with Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière serving as cochair alongside Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and, of course, Anna Wintour.
So what will the exhibit entail? It's expected to present fashion from 1870 to the present as a way of illustrating the cyclical nature of trends. The theme is primarily informed by philosopher Henri Bergson and his theory of la durée, which classifies time as arbitrary and subjective. Another source of inspiration is Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel Orlando about a time-traveling poet. Meanwhile, Michael Cunningham, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1998 novel The Hours, will contribute a short story for the exhibit.
"Fashion is indelibly connected to time."
"Fashion is indelibly connected to time. 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," Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton said in a press statement. "Through a series of chronologies, the exhibition will use the concept of duration to analyze the temporal twists and turns of fashion history."
The 2020 Met Gala will take place on May 4, and the exhibit will be open to the public from May 7 to Sept. 7, 2020. It will mark both Meryl and Lin-Manuel's first time attending, but they'll be in good company with Emma, who has attended six times. Ahead of the highly anticipated event, look back at Emma's previous Met Gala appearances.
Emma Stone at the 2019 Met Gala
Emma Stone attended the 2019 Met Gala, "Camp: Notes on Fashion," wearing a retro Louis Vuitton jumpsuit.
Emma Stone at the 2018 Met Gala
For the 2018 Met Gala, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," Emma Stone wore a navy Louis Vuitton gown with gold chains and embellishments.
Emma Stone at the 2016 Met Gala
At the 2016 "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" Met Gala, Emma Stone debuted darker hair in a white Prada gown with a silver corset.
Emma Stone at the 2014 Met Gala
In what ended up becoming one of her most popular red carpet appearances to date, Emma Stone attended the 2014 Met Gala honoring Charles James in pink Thakoon separates.
Emma Stone at the 2012 Met Gala
For the 2012 Met Gala, "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations," Emma Stone wore a fun and floral Lanvin minidress.
Emma Stone at the 2011 Met Gala
In her Met Gala debut at the 2011 event honoring Alexander McQueen, Emma Stone wore a printed Lanvin gown.