Okay, it is that time of year again, the moment in which the Met Gala makes its biggest announcements: the theme, the date and the hosts. The New York Times published a piece in the wee hours of this morning, answering all of our questions about the 2020 A-List event.
The theme every year is absolutely vital. It sets the tone for the occasion as well as the extravagant attire worn by the elite. Only the créme de la créme of talent, celebrities, and tastemakers are deemed illustrious enough to walk the esteemed red carpet. And of those select number, only the top affluent get photographed by the most supreme photographers and publications.
One thing fashion aficionados look forward to is the difficult decision in choosing the best dressed attendees of the event. Last year, Lady Gaga was crowned Best Dressed Woman by fans. To throwback to her looks, as a quick refresher, we have included her four costume changes throughout the red carpet presentation. The theme was Camp, and she ran with it. Being one of the co-hosts for the event, Gaga made sure to step up her game for her debut.
“Lady Gaga really showed us how it is done! The #MetGala co-host and #QueenofCamp dazzled in a massive hot pink Brandon Maxwell gown, complete with a cascading train and a giant matching bow on her head. But that’s not all: she then proceeded to out-camp herself with FOUR live outfit changes.”
So, who is co-hosting this year’s event?
Anna Wintour is a given, but in addition, the event will be financially underwritten by Louis Vuitton. They will be responsible for the exhibit and in doing so have added their creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, to chair the event. In addition, one of their celebrity ambassadors, Emma Stone, will also co-host as a chair, with Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Louis Vuitton brand has been known for their expensive luggage pieces, so to have them on board makes sense because as Vanessa Friedman put it for the NYT, it is known for “travel [and] time and so on.” Meryl Streep starred in a film called “The Hours,” which is related because it was based on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. And that is related because the theme comes from this, which we will explain in one second. Then, there is Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is included because, again, taking a page from Friedman, he made us care about Hamilton, and made the story modern.
Okay, so to piece this all together, the chairs/co-hosts of the 2020 Met Gala (oh right, we should mention that this is going to be the 150th anniversary — so it is a really big deal, just thought we would point that out really quickly), are the following:
Nicolas Ghesquière, Creative Director, Louis Vuitton
Emma Stone, Louis Vuitton Ambassador
Meryl Streep, Oscar Winning Actress
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Creator of the Broadway Musical, Hamilton
Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue
Okay, that’s cool and all, but what’s the theme?
So, the theme for the event is, drum roll, please… “About Time: Fashion and Duration”
What is the theory behind the theme?
Well, the curator of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Andrew Bolton, is the one behind the theme. With such a huge and pressure filled task on his hands, he was not sure he would be able to top previous years. As 2020 is the 150th anniversary year, he had to make sure to present something for the ages. His train of thought? He told Friedman at NYT this:
“’I wanted to do an exhibition focused on the collection, but not a traditional masterworks exhibition,’ he said. ‘Something that connects to the zeitgeist, and what people are talking about now.” Then he had an idea. And then he thought, ‘it’s about time.'”
The Met Gala 2020 Theme: “About Time: Fashion and Duration”
“According to NYT, it is inspired in part by the novels of Virginia Woolf and the theories of the early-20th-century French philosopher Henri Bergson, whose admittedly somewhat obscure but also important musings on time posited it as a constantly mutating stream rather than a series of discrete moments.”
Andrew Bolton went on to describe the theme more by saying,
“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.”
So, when is this illustrious event?
The Met Gala event, itself, will be May 4, 2020, while the museum’s exhibition will run starting May 7 through September 7, 2020.
And there you have it, get ready, get set and mark your calendars for the fashion event of the season!