The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has just announced the theme of the upcoming exhibition and annual ball – “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” What are we to expect? Keep scrolling!
The exhibition will feature 50 pieces spanning over 400 years of fashion history. Most of the exhibits on display are garments that no one will ever wear again due to fragility and age. For example, a Charles Frederic Worth’s ball gown from 1877 – it is as delicate as the wings of a butterfly, capable of falling apart in your hands. The exhibition might be the last chance to see the gown as it may wither completely soon.
The visitors will also see clothes, shoes, and accessories dating back to the 12th and 13th century. Rumor has it, they were retrieved from the River Thames.
The exhibition will feature garments by fashion houses we all know, like Schiaparelli, Dior, and Alexander McQueen.
In particular, the visitors will see a peculiar Schiaparelli dress with appliques resembling flower-seed packets. This dress, alongside some other garments, was gifted to the Museum by Millicent Huttleston Rogers, a fashion icon, jewelry designer, and prominent art collector.
Another gem of the upcoming exhibition is the legendary “Junon” dress by Christian Dior made in 1949. The gown popped up in the news last spring when Natalie Portman appeared at Cannes in a dress obviously inspired by the iconic one. Some even thought it was the original Dior’s creation, however, it was just a beautiful homage.
If you visit the exhibition, you’ll also be able to see McQueen’s clam shell dress from the VOSS collection and the butterfly dress from Sarah Burton’s debut collection for the Alexander McQueen brand after the designer's passing. By the way, you might have already seen the butterfly dress as it appeared in “The Hunger Games” movie.
The Met Gala will take place on May 6, 2024. This year’s theme might result in celebrities and brands opting for archive garments and creating gowns that are rather ethereal than freaky. But we all know that weird and possibly viral gets you far, so the ball won’t do without memes and chuckle-inducing moments. Some say the gala dress code can also be interpreted as a theme of nature and its renewal. Possibly, this stems from the sustainability trend that the event organizers have been promoting since last year’s gala.
And while we’re all waiting to see what our favorite celebrities will come up with for the ball, let’s make something stunning for ourselves. Like, it’s the perfect time to start sewing your party dress! Get the best evening dress patterns by Vikisews in the “Wedding and Evening Looks” section.
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