The Costume Institute’s Spring 2020 exhibition will be About Time: Fashion and Duration.
It will travel through more than a century and a half of fashion, from 1870 to the present day, presented as a disruptive, interactive timeline, using philosopher Henri Bergson‘s concept of la durée – time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible. The exhibit will be explore how clothes can change and influence our associations with the past, the present and future, perfectly timed with the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration,
Max Hollein, Director of The Met says that the exhibition, made possible by Louis Vuitton, ‘will consider the ephemeral nature of fashion, employing flashbacks and fast-forwards to reveal how it can be both linear and cyclical.’
‘About Time’ will conclude with a section on the future of fashion, linking the concept of duration to debates about longevity and sustainability.
In celebration of the opening, the Met Gala will take place on Monday, May 4, 2020. The evening’s co-chairs will be Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and Anna Wintour.
About Time: Fashion and Duration at The Met Fifth Avenue 7 May – 7 September, 2020. More info here.
Seen at top: Surreal, David Bailey (British, born 1938), 1980; Photo © David Bailey