The 2020 Met Gala Theme & Co-Chairs Have Been Announced and It’s Going to Be Major

While the rest of us are preparing for the holidays, Anna Wintour and the world of fashion are getting ready for the first Monday in May. That’s right, new details about the 2020 Met Gala were just released and we finally know the theme and who’s co-hosting the exclusive event.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that next year’s theme will be “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” in honor of the museum’s 150th anniversary.

The inspiration for the timely (sorry, had to) theme comes from the 1992 Sally Potter film Orlando. For those unfamiliar, the period drama is based off the iconic Virginia Woolf novel and stars Tilda Swinton as a young nobleman named Orlando, who is ordered by Queen Elizabeth I to stay young forever. Miraculously, he does and the movie follows him in time as he moves through centuries of British history, living many different lives and even changing sex along the way. (You’ll see photos from the film below.)

As for the co-chairs of the event, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep (who has famously never attended the event) will join Wintour in planning and carefully selecting the guest list.

The Met exhibit will be launched several days after the event, on May 7, and will run until September 7. According to the website, the exhibition plays with French philosopher Henri Bergson’s “concept of la durée (duration), it will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future. Virginia Woolf will serve as the ‘ghost narrator’ of the exhibition.” Ghost narrator? Spooky.

All we can say is, these ensembles are going to be incredible. We’ll see you May 4, Meryl.

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