Met Gala 2021 theme: a two-part exhibition on American fashion for 2021 and 2022


“SAILING FLAG” by SR STUDIO. THE. CA., 2020. Courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio. Photograph by Mélanie Schiff.

Local fashion is at the center of the Costume Institute’s upcoming blockbuster, a two-part exhibition that will be shown in 2021 and 2022 in two areas of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first part, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, will open at the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021 and will remain on display when “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” opens on May 5, 2022, in theaters. era of the American wing. Both shows will run until September 5, 2022.

Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu’s curator in charge of the Costume Institute, has an odd sense of timing. Despite the pre-planning required to put on an exhibit, it still seems to land on a hot topic, and in the United States, the topic of American identity is the number one topic.

This “double game” began to take shape in 2018, as the curator simultaneously planned how his department would participate in the museum’s 150th anniversary, celebrated last year, and the Costume Institute’s 75th this year. “I wanted both exhibitions to be collection-oriented exhibitions,” he said. Vogue. “About Time,” last year’s show, did it in general; in contrast, Bolton turned to a specific and “somewhat overlooked” area of ​​the collection for the two-part show “In America”. The curator settled on the theme for two reasons: “The main one was the fact that the American fashion community has supported us for 75 years, really since the beginning of the Costume Institute, so I wanted to salute its support, and also celebrate. and reflect on American fashion.


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