This year's Met Gala theme was all about black and white, with the event paying tribute to the late (and controversial) fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Did some of the celebrities miss the mark? Of course, they did – Lil Nas X came to the event covered in silver paint and jewels, and Kristen Stewart looked like she just hopped out of bed.
The question is, what's the next theme? We have the answer, and hopefully, A-listers will try their best to execute the assignment because we already love it. The theme is 𝘚𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴: 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘰𝘯!
Trust me, it's not what you think it is. It has nothing to do with Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty. According to the Met, the theme “will explore notions of rebirth and renewal, using nature as a metaphor for the impermanence of fashion." The 2024 exhibit will have approximately 250 items from the Costume Institute's collection, including 17th to 21st century gowns. The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and CEO, Max Hollein, explained, “The Met’s innovative spring 2024 Costume Institute exhibition will push the boundaries of our imagination and invite us to experience the multisensory facets of a garment.”
He continued, “‘Sleeping Beauties’ will heighten our engagement with these masterpieces of fashion by evoking how they feel, move, sound, smell, and interact when being worn, ultimately offering a deeper appreciation of the integrity, beauty, and artistic brilliance of the works on display.”
The exhibition will also be split into three "zones" – Land, Sea, and Sky – exploring our attitudes toward nature and the craft and skill behind creating timeless garments. It is an ode to nature, and the Met will showcase its latest additions from fashion designers who emphasize sustainability and eco-friendly production methods. Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, said in a statement: “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.”
He added that the exhibition will focus on 15 historical dresses that can never be worn again, “These are the ‘Sleeping Beauties’ of the title,” Bolton said. So think regal, majestic, large gowns. Let's hope celebrities don't misinterpret the theme again and that they'll keep it classy.
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