Monday, May 20, 2024

Met Gala 2024 Theme Unveiled: ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’ Explained

The 2024 Met Gala theme, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” draws inspiration from the classic fable “Sleeping Beauty,” offering a fresh perspective on historical garments and contemporary fashion.

This year’s theme, curated by Andrew Bolton, derives from the latest exhibition at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dubbed “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” the exhibition aims to revitalize historical garments and contemporary fashion pieces, providing visitors with a sensorial experience that brings these pieces to life.

“The Garden of Time,” the dress code for the event, sets the tone for a unique exploration of fashion’s past and present. Guests are encouraged to interpret the theme creatively, promising an array of memorable red carpet moments.

The exhibition, celebrating “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” will feature approximately 250 garments from the Costume Institute’s extensive collection of 33,000 pieces. Many of these garments, typically unseen due to fragility, will be displayed in glass cases, akin to the fabled Sleeping Beauty.

Max Hollein, Director of the Met Museum, describes the exhibition as an innovative exploration of fashion, utilizing both traditional and cutting-edge technologies to reanimate these historical garments.

The theme’s connection to “Sleeping Beauty” is not merely symbolic. The exhibition promises a multisensory experience, inviting visitors to explore various themes inspired by the natural world. Galleries will feature animated floors, projections, and a series of ‘sleeping beauties’—fragile garments displayed in glass ‘coffins.’

The 2024 Met Gala theme follows a line of memorable themes from previous years. In 2021 and 2022, the “In America” theme explored American fashion throughout history. The postponed 2020 gala’s theme was “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” and in 2019, the gala celebrated “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

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