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The Met Gala 2024 theme, explained: ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’

by UNN Feed

The first Monday in May is just around the corner, which means it’s time for celebrities to once again ascend the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in style.

Helmed by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, the annual Met Gala benefits the NYC museum’s Costume Institute. Set to take place on May 6, this year’s bash will celebrate the latest exhibition crafted by the Costume Institute’s chief curator, Andrew Bolton: “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.”

While last year’s exhibition and theme paid tribute to the work of late designer Karl Lagerfeld, 2024’s is decidedly more cerebral — and for celebrity guests, dressing for the occasion won’t be as simple as dipping into a specific fashion house’s archives.

Below, read all about the gala and what to expect on Monday.

What is the 2024 Met Gala theme?

In November, Vogue announced that the 2024 theme would be “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” a celebration of vintage textiles and fashion designs throughout the years.

The accompanying Costume Institute exhibit features approximately 250 items from the museum’s archives — including 15 historically significant pieces that are too delicate to ever be worn again — and will be open to the public from May 10 through Sept. 2.

“These are the ‘Sleeping Beauties’ of the title,” Bolton told Vogue of the fragile fashions.

These pieces — including a ballgown that dates back to 1887 — will be displayed in tandem with designs from the likes of Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Hubert de Givenchy along with works by their contemporary successors, including Iris van Herpen and Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson.

The museum will also integrate AI, CGI and other technology to make the entire exhibit a full sensory experience — complete with custom-made scents and soundscapes — that explores the sub-themes of land, sea and sky.

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