We’re one month away and that’s going to change from the first Monday in May, and the Met Gala is back to its usual schedule. On May 2, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will present In America: Fashion Anthologysecond chapter of a two-part exhibition on American fashion to follow up from last year In America: A Book of Fashion. This year’s theme, New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman share on twitterTo be Gold Plated Glamor.
Co-hosts of the event were actress and filmmaker Regina King, actress Blake Lively, Lively actor and husband Ryan Reynolds, and actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda. (This year’s quartet of co-chairs is a bit different from last year’s Gen Z team of actors Timothée Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish, tennis star Naomi Osaka and poet Amanda Gorman.) Tom FordInstagram head Adam Mosseri, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour will resume her role as honorary co-chair of the Gala; Ford and King are part of a team of filmmakers, including Sofia Coppola and Chloé Zhao, who created the cinematic vignettes for the exhibition.
And for a bit of historical context on the subject: Gold Plated Glamor is a reference to the Golden Age of the United States, a period of rapid industrialization and massive economic growth about three decades before the turn of the century. This era also saw the end of Reconstruction in 1877, which barred many black Americans from participating in or benefiting from the economic boom. (The Age takes its name from the 1873 novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner The Gilded Age: A Tale of Todaya satire of post-Civil War America and its rising industrial class.)
It’s my turn, An anthology about fashion will focus on the workers of the era, highlighting the designers and tailors of personal clothing who worked in the United States from the 19th to mid-20th centuries. Given this theme, chances are good. the clothes will sparkle even more, or more politicalor both, more than usual.
The new exhibition will span a series of installations in the antique rooms of the American Wing inside the museum, and both A Lexicon and An anthology will remain on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan through September 5.