The Met Gala's 2020 Theme Has Been Announced!

by Stephanie Maida · November 7, 2019

    If there's one date marked off on every fashion calendar years in advance, it's the first Monday in May. And next year, the Met Gala’s seemingly time-defying hype will play a major role in the event’s eagerly-anticipated theme.

    In 2020, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate 150 years as an iconic New York institution. Today, Vogue announced that the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, which typically dictates the gala’s dress code, will be “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”

    The exhibit will feature a century and a half’s worth of fashion history, though curator Andrew Bolton says he plans to shake up the timeline. “It’s a reimagining of fashion history that’s fragmented, discontinuous, and heterogeneous.”

    According to Vogue, Bolton was inspired by the time- (and gender-) bending film Orlando, based on the Virginia Woolf novel. In fact, Woolf, whose revolutionary works of literature often explored time as a central theme, will act as the exhibit’s “ghost narrator,” with quotes from her books dispersed throughout.

    As for the A-list co-chairs? They’re set to be Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep (!!!), Emma Stone, and, of course, Anna Wintour.

    The English major in me is thrilled, but not as much as my inner style-watcher. 

    [Photo via Getty]