Next year's Met Gala theme revealed

Meryl Streep

Previous themes included 2017's "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between", with contrasting designs, and 2016's "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", featuring handmade and machine-made looks. From Kacey Musgrave's Barbie getup to Lady Gaga's not-one-not-two-but four outfits in 15 minutes, the fashion stakes were high and attendees were eager to reach them. The Met says the theme was influenced by French philosopher Henri Bergson's concept of "la durée" - time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible - and the 160-piece collection will be a comprehensive guide to understanding how fashion and time are coupled, with Virginia Woolf serving as the "ghost narrator".

While a series of exhibitions scheduled throughout the year will shine a light on the masterpieces and collections that have filled the walls of the NY institution for almost two centuries, none will honor the longevity and history of fashion's position within art quite like the 2020 Met Gala.

If you thought the last theme (Camp!) was confusing, and as a licensed gay man let me assure you that it was, I can only imagine that the lewks on display this time around will launch us all into a full-on existential crisis. Fun!

The Met Gala 2020 theme is.

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The exhibition will be in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, with Nicolas Ghesquière as a co-chair for the event.

The 2020 exhibition, as revealed this morning, is titled About Time: Fashion and Duration and promises to present "a disruptive timeline of fashion history", encompassing over a century and a half of fashion - from 1870 to the present day.

And the other co-chairs? With Emma Stone and Lin-Manuel Miranda on the calling card, Tinseltown glamour will be the name of the game.

Though Streep has never attended a Met Gala, she does have several ties to the event.

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