2024 Met Gala: a reawakening or another slept on theme?

This theme may be the best one we have had recent years, with a lot of potential in the way it can be interpreted and executed.

Paige Rutter
6th December 2023
Image credit: Theo Wargo, Vogue
The Met Gala 2024 theme has been revealed, with a nod to the history of fashion. The highly anticipated yearly event has revealed the theme to be ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’. 

Fashion’s potentially most-discussed event will no doubt provide us with excitement, surprise, and some outrageous outfits we all enjoy debating. The fundraiser organised by Anna Wintour since 1995 has often raised eight-figure sums, in what is known to be a celebration of art and fashion. 

According to Vogue, 2024 is set to be focused around 50 historic pieces which will never be able to be worn again due to their fragility – we may not see a Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe mix up. Vogue notes these as the 'Sleeping Beauties’ of the theme, with the exhibition spanning 400 years of history. Including pieces from the 17th century up until the 21st

Director and CEO of The Met, Marina Kellen French, referred to the power of fashion and interaction stating “’Sleeping Beauties’ will heighten our engagement with these masterpieces of fashion by evoking how they feel, move, sound, smell and interact when being worn.”

Andrew Bolton the curator in charge told Vogue, “One thing I hope this show will activate is that sensorial appreciation of fashion.”

Whilst it is likely we will have celebrities taking the theme literally and turning up in pieces relating to a Disney princess, the agenda being set is historic and focused on reviving and providing life to pieces that will no longer experience it. Whilst a Disney theme may be cute, I hope to see the A-listers providing us with an experience through the designs and embracing the true theme. I feel this theme may be the best one we have had recent years, with a lot of potential in the way it can be interpreted and executed. We have seen many transformations happen on the red-carpet including Blake Lively’s New York inspired Versace gown in 2022 and multiple light-up outfits. With this in mind I feel this theme is giving a prime opportunity to see something similar happen next year, a true reawakening of an outfit. 

This follows last years controversial Karl Lagerfeld theme ‘A line of beauty’, which paid tribute to the late designer. We witnessed the red-carpet echo themes of black, white and Jared Leto cats. Whilst it was difficult to go out of line with this theme, we see this happen every year without fail. 

Next year’s Met Gala will take place on the Monday 6th of May, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – sponsored by companies such as TikTok and Loewe.

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