The 2020 Met Gala has been officially canceled
The 2020 Met Gala has been officially canceled and will not hold at all this year in lieu of the recent rise in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art officially announced that the theme of this year’s Costume Institute exhibition will be ” About Time: Fashion and Duration”.
A virtual celebration for the 2020 Met Gala was held via Vogue’s YouTube channel instead of gathering on the steps of the Met on the usual first Monday in May which was to be on the 4th of May. It boasted appearances of several stars from Anna Wintour to Florence Welch.
The Met Gala intends to throw a belated 150th birthday bash for itself in 2021 when it is safe to host a larger audience.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards which were slated for June has also been officially canceled. The New York Fashion Week Resort 2021 has also been canceled.
The Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time: Fashion and Duration is still scheduled to hold regardless of the 2020 Met Gala’s cancellation on October 29 and to run through till the 7th of February, 2021.
They also added that there shall be no tours, talks, concerts, or events taking place at the museum throughout the rest of this year.
The exhibit’s theme, About Time: Fashion and Duration was inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf and the 20th-century French Philosopher, Henri Bergson in the book titled, “The ghost of Virginia Woolf”.The exhibit intends tracing the timeline of women’s fashion over the last 150 years, from 1870 to date, which coincides with the Met’s 150th anniversary.
The show intends to explore how clothes would generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. Virginia Woolf would serve as the ghost narrator of the exhibit.
Sally Porter’s 1992 movie, Orlando which was based on Virginia Woolf’s time-traveling novel serves as the main inspiration for the exhibit’s theme.
The movie starred Tilda Swinton and it showcased fashion spanning from Marie Antoinette-inspired styles in the 18th century to the 19th-century style.
The curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton told the New York Times that fashion is indelibly connected to time and it does not only reflect and represent the spirit of the times but that it also changes and develops with the times.
It promises to be one of the most abstract and eclectic red carpets ever recorded at the Met Gala given the range of the 150-year timeline with celebrities traveling back to time through several centuries of fashion.
The co-chairs of the 2020 Met Gala were Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, and Nicolas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton was to be the brand sponsor of the event. This event would have marked the first-ever Met Gala attendance for Meryl Streep.
We cant ascertain if this theme will get recycled for May next year or not. Only time will tell. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and be optimistic.
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