In partnership with TikTok, The Met’s Costume Institute will revive its “Sleeping Beauties” for the 2024 Met Gala exhibit.
It may not be a tale as old as time, but the theme of the 2024 Met Gala definitely evokes a fairytale ending. As announced during a Wednesday morning press conference at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, the highly anticipated annual gala will return on the first Monday in May 2024, this time with the theme “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.”
If visions of Disney princesses ascending the steps of The Met on May 6 are dancing through your head, remember: Zendaya already gave us a glass slipper moment in 2019 (pictured above). As reported by Fashionista, the “beauties” on display won’t be fabled characters but fashions within the Costume Institute’s permanent collection, approximately 250 of which will be “reawakened” in an exhibit open to the public from May 10 to Sept. 2, 2024.
With help from sponsor TikTok and label sponsor Loewe, helmed by JW Anderson, the exhibit will be “punctuated with sleeping beauties that will be brought back to life through technology,” including holograms, magnification, video animation, light projection, AI, and even scent. As described by Fashionista, high-tech and analog will merge as “archival garments will stand within immersive experience-like rooms that animate their elements.”
“This innovative show will push the boundaries of our imagination and invite us to experience many facets of a work, to learn more about its history, and, ultimately, to gain a deeper appreciation of its beauty,” said CEO of The Met Max Hollein,