The Met Gala announced its theme for 2024, and it’s shaping up to be one dreamy and enchanting affair. The upcoming “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” exhibition will showcase 400 years of fashion history through dormant fashion garments, rarely seen by the public before.
This exhibition will take approximately 250 items from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection and put them on full display. Fashion enthusiasts will get to witness some of them for the very first time and explore four centuries of fashion history, including the designs of such industry legends as Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Dior.
Andrew Bolton was in charge of curating this exhibition, which will use video animation, light projection, and illusion techniques to capture the movement, feel, sound, and scent of each showcased piece.
“Fashion is one of the most emotional artistic forms because of its connection to the body. It is imbued with memory and emotions, and we relate to it very much via our senses. One thing I hope this show will activate is that sensorial appreciation of fashion,” said Bolton in a statement to Vogue.
The Met Gala on May 6 will serve as the grand opening of the “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” exhibition, which will be on display at the Costume Institute from May 10 to September 2, 2024.