The day has finally arrived. This morning, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the theme for its 2024 spring exhibit and the accompanying Met Gala. Next year’s exhibit is entitled, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” and will highlight garments in The Costume Institute’s collection.
“This innovative show will push the boundaries of our imagination and invite us to experience many facets of a work, to learn more about its history, and, ultimately, to gain a deeper appreciation of its beauty,” Max Hollein, CEO and director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said of the theme.
The collection will feature 250 garments from The Costume Institute’s collection, the museum announced on Instagram this morning alongside a clip of some of the fabulous pieces that will be on display.
“When garments enter The Met collection, they can no longer be worn on the human body,” the caption read. In addition to sharing some of these unwearable, never-before-seen-pieces, the collection seeks to answer the question, “How can we understand the movement and energy of these masterpieces of fashion?”
The pieces will also explore the interplay between fashion and nature. “Using the natural world as a uniting visual metaphor for the transience of fashion, the show will explore cyclical themes of rebirth and renewal, breathing new life into these storied objects through creative and immersive activations designed to convey the scents, sounds, textures and motions of garments that can no longer directly interact with the body,” the museum said in a statement.
The exhibition will open to the public on May 10, and will be preceded by the coveted Met Gala celebration on May 6. Knowing the fashionable faces who will grace the glamorous red carpet that night, we’re sure that planning for the big event has already begun. And, until May, we will be patiently awaiting the results.