Met Gala 2022 - Eight Famous Filmmakers Will Make It Special

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York unveiled plans for its upcoming fashion exhibition.  

Based on a two-part exhibit from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition will be a follow-up to "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion".

Named "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" the event centers on the tenets of American style and prizes the anonymous heroes of US design. Practically, the exhibition will feature feminine and masculine outfits that will tell a story of 19th-20th century American fashion, from Brooks Brothers to Oscar de la Renta.

"In America: An Anthology of Fashion" is sponsored by Instagram and the presentation of more than 100 items brings a modern, social media-friendly lens and will feature dresses and costumes in "cinematic miniatures". Eight different films directors – including Tom Ford, Sofia Coppola, and Judy Dash – will create three-dimensional cinematic "freeze frames" featuring the clothes, according to The Guardian.

"In America: An Anthology of Fashion" Prizes Unsung Heroes Off US Fashion

The exhibition will look at the genesis of the American style, focusing on the 19th century to the latter part of the 20th century. The focus is on designers and dressmakers who were not household names but who had become "the footnotes in the annals of fashion history."

"It is through these largely hidden stories that a nuanced picture of American fashion comes into focus," said Andrew Bolton, the head curator of the Met’s Costume Institute,  "one in which the sum of its parts is as significant as the whole."

Presented across 13 of the American period rooms in the museum, the Costume Institute's 2022 spring exhibition will include designs of Ann Lowe, an African American designer who learned dressmaking from her grandmother and went on to make Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding dress in which she married John F Kennedy in 1953, and Elizabeth Hawes, a kind of Elsa Schiaparelli of America.

Six case studies of specific items are expected to stir interest. They include a jacket thought to be worn by George Washington to his inauguration in 1789, and two Brooks Brothers items, one worn by Abraham Lincoln.

"In America: An Anthology of Fashion" To Open On May 7

The exhibition will open to the public on May 7, but the Metropolitan Museum took advantage of New York Fashion Week "Fall-Winter 2022", which ends on Wednesday, to give a preview.

The quintessential social gathering in New York will be hosted by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.

The gala, an opportunity for great creators to dress up the stars, usually takes place in the first month of May but was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. In order to recover, the Met Gala, which is organized for the benefit of the Costume Institute, an entity of the museum, took place in September 2021. At the event, Kim Kardashian was dressed in completely black, including her face.

Founded in 1948, the gala has long been reserved for New York's highest and wealthiest society, the main source of patronage for the Met. It opened in the 1970s, before transforming after Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour took over in 1995. It propelled it into "popular" events, adapted to the age of social networking and the democratization of fashion, sometimes compared to the Los Angeles Oscars.

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