Although there is still much to do the most important event in the fashion industry, the Met Galawhich has been held every year since 1940 at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the theme around which the Costume Institute’s new exhibition will revolve, which will open its doors to the public from May 10 to September 2, has just been announced for 2024. Yes Last year the winner was Karl Lagerfeldthis time we will opt for a more global concept. “Sleeping beauties: the awakening of fashion” (Sleeping Beauties: The Awakening of Fashion) will be the spring exhibition, which will host 250 sewing masterpieces never seen before, and which are part of the permanent collection of the aforementioned center.
The “Sleeping Beauty” part does not refer to the Disney princesses, but to the central body of the exhibition, namely 50 pieces from the museum’s collection of singular historical importance and aesthetic beauty. These are items too fragile to be worn again.: “They’re the ‘sleeping beauties’ of the title,” said Andrew Bolton, chief curator of the Costume Institute. The aim would be to illustrate our understanding of nature through the creation of clothing and fabrics.
Instead of fulfilling their original function, these pieces – including the 17th-century English Elizabethan bodice and the silk satin dress by British designer Charles Frederick Worth from 1877 which gave rise to the exhibition – will become museum references. These two in particular They will be displayed in glass coffinsbut they will wake up and can be enjoyed animated thanks to the technology used by the museum specialists, who want it to be a immersive experience.
It will not appear in this selection, although it could be a model of singular historical importance and aesthetic beauty, “too fragile to be worn again”, as it says the famous dress Marilyn wore when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy, on May 19, 1962 at Madison Square Garden. This “naked” design made up of 2,500 crystals that, in May, two springs ago, burst at the seams where the back loses its chaste name, the ineffable Kim Kardashian. It was at the 2022 Met Gala.
Even if the “worldly” has suffered a express diet to lose 7 kilos slip into the jewel created by French costume designer of Hollywood origin Jean-Louis based on a sketch by Bob Mackie her curvy butt ended up untangling the delicate fabric, in the end one of the most expensive dresses in history, for which Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Orlando, Florida, paid nearly five million dollars in 2016. That’s where it’s on display, but it could well be at the Met.
After this historic disaster, the International Council of Museums stressed that these types of “historical clothing should not be worn by anyone in order to preserve them for future generations.” The same philosophy that adorns and sticks to the theme of the next Met Gala.
The usual date
The day of the big party, sponsored this year by Loewe and TikTok, is not new. Since the 2005 gala, and except in 2020 due to restrictions due to the pandemic (it was canceled and postponed to September 2021), The Fashion Super Bowl is celebrated on the first Monday in May (falls on May 6, 2024).
It is understood that with a theme as abstract as Sleeping Beauty, the outfits requested for the “red carpet” fashion show are drawings of flowers and plant and animal motifs.
We do not yet know who will host the gala. Last year they were friends with the creative director of Chanel, Penelope CruzMichaela Coel, Dua Lipathe tennis player Roger Federer and Anna Wintour herselforganizer of the event.