On Thursday 7th October, every fashion fanatic around the world was eagerly waiting to hear the theme for the 2020 Met Gala - and it didn’t disappoint. The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the 2020 Met Gala theme is About Time: Fashion & Duration. What does that mean? We’ve got all the details.

For the past century, the Met Gala has treated us to the fashion industry’s best of the best. From the excessive bejeweled garments at the 2017 Heavenly Bodies exhibition, to the loud bright colours at this year’s Camp: Notes on Fashion theme. Next year’s Gala is already shaping up to be an iconic event, with the innovative theme and the 150th anniversary celebration.

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For 2020’s theme, About Time: Fashion & Duration will be more abstract, leaving the talented designers to interpret the theme in whichever way they like. The exhibition will explore and celebrate over a century of fashion, from 1870 to the present day. The inspiration behind the theme is mainly influenced by the philosopher Henri Bergson and the work of Virginia Woolf. The Met Gala’s organisers are planning to combine objective time with subjective time, a.k.a calendar years with moments of creativity.

The theme will explore how fashion has developed from past, to present, to future. The exhibition itself will be showing off a chronology of fashion to its guests. It will finish with a look to the future of fashion, specifically durability and sustainability. The exhibition will be accompanied by ghost narration from writer, Virginia Woolf.

As well as the theme announcement, the Costume Institute also announced who will be chairing the event. Louis Vuitton fashion designer and creative director, Nicholas Ghesquière will be joined by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actors, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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So what are our predictions for the 2020 Met Gala? As the exhibition will be honouring different eras of fashion, we imagine we’ll be seeing many historical outfits, perhaps from the stylish Victorian and Georgian periods. These eras were revolutionary in their emerging and developing style, so we’re hoping to see many looks inspired by this time. 

We also expect lots of designers to take a sci-fi route, imagining what fashion will be like in the future. We’re thinking costumes with heavy technology features and even some garments with robotic effects - we can already think of someone who will go Gaga over this idea.

Finally, as the Gala is focusing on duration, we expect to see many designers and celebrities making a statement about fashion’s impact on the environment. We predict costumes made from recycled fabrics and materials, as well as previous outfits being reimagined and revitalised - could there be another JLo X Versace moment?

We can’t wait to see what costumes will grace the 2020 Met Gala red carpet. Check back in May to read our review!


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