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The 2024 Met Gala Theme Is Sleeping Beauties Reawakening Fashion: What Should We Expect?

The 2024 Met Gala Theme Is Sleeping Beauties Reawakening Fashion: What Should We Expect?



s the year slowly clocks out, the question on everyone’s lips is: “What will the new year hold?” This is even truer for fashion insiders who are eagerly prepping for headline events such as the Met Gala. The Met Ball, as it’s also called, is known for its show-stopping, imagination-sparking creative themes, which dictate the most eye-catching fashion moments of the year. Twenty-twenty-three saw distinct homages to the late great Karl Lagerfeld. And now, as we await a new year, many wonder what surprise the organizers have in store for the 2024 rendition of fashion’s most prestigious night.

To begin with, the 2024 Met Gala theme is “Sleeping Beauties Reawakening Fashion.” It immediately conjures images of resplendent gowns and suits breathed with life and historic pieces regaining their glory through modern reinterpretation. Which slumbering fashion stunners will receive this ultimate comeback? Which icons of the past will the exhibit feature: Chanel? McQueen? Dior? Let’s explore what “Reawakened Fashion” has in store at the most maximalist party of this decade.

What is the Met Gala?

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The Met Gala is an invite-only fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It signals the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The Gala is famously graced by prominent names in fashion, film, music, and other industries. Regular attendees include Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Kylie Jenner, Hailey Beiber, and Harry Styles, among other A-listers.

When is the 2024 Met Gala?

The 2024 Met Gala will take place on Monday, May 6th, launching the year’s Costume Institute exhibition. This year’s theme, “Sleeping Beauties Reawakening Fashion,” will center around showcasing historically significant fashion pieces in innovative new ways.

Who are the 2024 gala hosts?

The hosts for the 2024 Met Gala have not yet been announced. In previous years high-profile celebrities like Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Harry Styles, as well as Vogue’s Anna Wintour have taken the role of co-chairs. We look forward to hearing which fashion icons will helm the 2024 event.

What to expect from the 2024 exhibit

Next year’s exhibition will feature over 250 fragile historical fashion pieces, deemed “sleeping beauties” too delicate to be displayed previously. Original iconic designs from Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and more will be on show.

The unusual theme hints at a futuristic take on historic masterpieces. It suggests spotlighting fragile yet iconic garments not worn in public for decades. How? The exhibition’s description reveals all. Ground-breaking innovations in “video animation, light projection, soundscaping, AI, CGI” will reimagine the classic designs in breathtaking modern ways without straining delicate materials. This mirrors how technology is evolving and redefining fashion, much like Zendaya’s light-up Cinderella gown at the 2019 Gala.

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We envision old but beautiful Dior and Chanel dresses that are too delicate to display. But new technology showcases them in amazing modern ways. The exhibit may have animated 3D dresses dancing around, or high-tech displays that use AI to predict each legendary piece’s past influences and future fashion legacy. There could also be colorful light shows highlighting all the detailed embroidery and silhouettes.

This forward-facing tribute promises to unveil never-before-considered angles on dresses, suits, and accessories that shaped the trajectory of 20th-century fashion. It will reawaken past sleeping beauties as they come alive for 21st-century audiences. We can’t wait to see these boundary-pushing technologies revealing historical works on fashion’s biggest night.

Comparing 2023 and 2024 themes

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An interesting similarity emerges between 2023’s homage to Karl Lagerfeld and the upcoming exhibit’s revival of past designs. This year, celebrities wore archival Lagerfeld and Chanel pieces, like Claudia Schiffer’s original 1995 runway gown reimagined on Dua Lipa. In 2024, historic fragile designs will literally be reawakened through technology — breathing new life into past sleeping beauties of fashion.

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