The Met Gala returns. In fact, twice.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that the annual high-powered celebration of fashion and celebrities – canceled last year due to the pandemic – would return in person, first in September, and then again in 2022 in its usual time slot for the first Monday in May.
The galas will be a “more intimate” version on September 13 of this year and a larger one on May 2, 2022, will launch a two-part exhibition, an overview of American fashion that will be on view for nearly a year.
“In America: A Fashion Lexicon,” which opened on September 18, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the museum’s Costume Institute and “explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,” the museum said. The second part, “In America: A Fashion Anthology”, will open in the popular period rooms of the American wing of the museum on May 5, 2022 and explore American fashion, in collaboration with directors, in ” presenting stories related to the complex. and layered stories of these spaces. Both parties will close on September 5, 2022.
Filmmaker Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”) was commissioned to create an open film to be shown in galleries, the content of which changes during the exhibition.
There was no immediate word on the hosts or celebrity chairs for galas, traditionally a heady mix of luminaries from fashion, music, film, television, sports and other arenas. The first Met Gala in September will be smaller and held under government coronavirus guidelines. The second of May is supposed to be bigger, in line with previous galas which usually welcome around 550 guests.
The Met Gala is a major fundraiser, providing the Costume Institute with its primary source of funding. In 2020, the gala was canceled, but fans were invited to take on a social media challenge to recreate favorite red carpet looks.
“Fashion is both a harbinger of cultural change and a narrative of the forces, beliefs and events that shape our lives,” Max Hollein, director of the Met, said in a statement. “This two-part exhibition will examine how fashion reflects the evolution of notions of identity in America and explore a multitude of perspectives through presentations that speak to some of the complexities of history with powerful immediacy.
As always, the exhibits will be the work of star curator Andrew Bolton. “Over the past year, because of the pandemic, the connections with our homes have become more emotional, as have those with our clothes,” he said in his own statement. “For American fashion, this has meant an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality.”
He said that in accordance with this change, the first part of the exhibition will establish “a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on the expressive qualities of clothing as well as on deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity and fashion. ‘inclusion”.
As for the second part, it “will explore in more detail the evolution of the language of American fashion through a series of collaborations with American directors who will visualize the unfinished stories inherent in the rooms of the period of the Met”.
Besides Matsoukas, other established film collaborators include cinematographer Bradford Young, whose projects include “Selma” and “When They See Us”; production designers Nathan Crowley and Shane Valentino; and Franklin Leonard, film director and founder of The Black List, a list of the best non-produced screenplays.
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