The Metropolitan Museum of Art has officially unveiled the Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” which will chronicle fashion from 1870 to the present in conjunction with The Met’s 150th anniversary. Set to open to the public on May 7 — a few days after the annual star-studded gala on May 4 — the exhibition will see deceased writer Virginia Woolf serve as a “ghost narrator” and will utilize French philosopher Henri Bergson’s “la durée” (duration) theory to “explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future.”
The installation will include a series of all-black attire in order to illustrate how the idea of modernity has evolved throughout the years. Conversely, there will also be a string of white garments that are meant to reflect “counter-chronologies,” while also depicting the similar characteristics between styles as it pertains to shape, fabrication, pattern and technique. Avant-garde and contemporary pieces from designers such as Alexander McQueen and Comme des Garçons, for example, will be paired alongside 19th-century items like princess-line gowns and bustle dresses. Everything will then culminate with a segment on the “future of fashion,” which will incorporate a focus on sustainability.
“About Time: Fashion and Duration” will be on view from May 7 to September 7, 2020. Co-chairs for the Met Gala include Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and Anna Wintour.