The concept borrows from "Henri Bergson's concept of la durée (duration)" and "will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future".
As we prepare to enter into a new decade, the Met's annual fundraising event, or, more accurately, your-chance-to-act-as-a-fashion-critic-for-the-night-event, has revealed the theme for its latest exhibition will be called "About Time: Fashion and Duration".
The exhibition, according to Vogue, will "showcase a century-and-a-half of fashion history culled from its archive and presented along a "disruptive" timeline". The Met Gala, of course, is always tied to an exhibition that commemorates the institution's continued existence: this year's theme nodded to the notion of camp that was first popularized by Susan Sontag. "It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times". The music mogul skipped last year's showing, leaving fans with only the photos of her jewel-encrusted papacy-inspired look from her 2018 visit, fitting well with the theme of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination".
The exhibit will use the writings of Virginia Woolf to further examine the concept of time.