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- The 2020 Met Gala theme is called “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”
- According to The New York Times, next year’s event was “inspired in part by the novels of Virginia Woolf and the theories of the early-20th-century French philosopher Henri Bergson.”
- The show will take place on May 7, 2020, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
- On social media, people seem largely excited about the theme, though some called it “boring.”
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Though the Met Gala may be six months away, the fashion industry is already preparing for next year’s event.
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the theme of the 2020 fundraiser will be called “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” The theme focuses on women’s fashion, and was “inspired in part by the novels of Virginia Woolf and the theories of the early-20th-century French philosopher Henri Bergson,” according to the publication.
Following tradition, the event’s theme mirrors that of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit at the museum. Here’s what to expect at next year’s event.
What is the 2020 Met Gala theme?
According to The New York Times, this year’s gala will attempt to “trace a traditional chronological timeline between 1870 and now, represented by a ‘spine’ of clothes all in black.” It also aims to “show how garments of the past and present influence one another.”
The concepts were largely inspired by Woolf’s “Orlando,” which takes place over centuries, and the work of Bergson, who believed time is “a constantly mutating stream rather than a series of discrete moments.”
“Fashion is indelibly connected to time,” Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s curator, told The New York Times. “It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times.”
The show also focuses on women, as this year’s exhibit will be comprised of “160 pieces of women’s fashion from the last 150 years, and beyond,” according to the publication.
When and where will the event take place?
As it has every year since 1948, the Met Gala will be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Next year’s event will be held on May 7, 2020.
This year’s gala will have 5 famous co-chairs
Of course, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour will work as a co-chair for the event. In addition, so will Nicolas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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People can’t seem to agree on next year’s theme
On Twitter, many people seemed excited after learning of the “About Time: Fashion and Duration” theme. Some even said it’s the best Met Gala theme to date.
This is the best met gala theme so far!!!!!!!!
— Sydney (@sydcenturymodrn) November 7, 2019
omg the met gala theme for next year….i just KNOW all the girls will be serving
— dune oscar campaign (@mysterioluv) November 7, 2019
the met gala theme being inspired by one of my fav novels by my fav author….I’m literally tearing up
— rory (@slaurentslut) November 7, 2019
Others, however, seemed less impressed and called next year’s theme “boring.”
the met gala theme is so boring rip
— Skye (@skyepayyyne) November 7, 2019
Not to burst y’all’s bubble but the MET gala theme is very boring and it won’t be anything special. As if celebs don’t dress like old decades all year
— farah (@voilayves) November 7, 2019
yesss new Met Gala theme can't wait to get really mad about it next year when everyone interprets "time and fashion" as "here's a coat with tails/poodle skirt"
— Gemma Kaneko (@GemmaKaneko) November 7, 2019
Some social-media users also voiced concerns over next year’s event. The New Yorker writer Rachel Syme, for example, questioned if the Met Gala has plans to invite women over the age of 75.
now that we know the met gala theme is "About Time: Fashion and Duration" if they don't invite at least 50 women over 75 i'm gonna lose it
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) November 7, 2019
Another Twitter user said the theme seems Eurocentric and to cater solely to white people, and asked why the gala isn’t doing “something different for once.”
Why are the met gala themes always so white and European like let’s do something different for once
— ally (@chalamulaney) November 7, 2019
I think it directly relates to the way art history is taught as if the only people who ever made art are from Europe
— ally (@chalamulaney) November 7, 2019
While the 2020 Met Gala theme is certainly dividing opinions, only time will tell how attendees interpret it.
Representatives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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