By Ava Gilchrist

An Announcement You Won’t Want to Sleep On: Unveiling the Theme of the 2024 Met Gala

Archival fashion comes to the fore in the Costume Institute's exhibition, but what dress code will guests be asked to adhere to?
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 01: A$AP Rocky and Rihanna attend The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Don’t sleep on this announcement. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the theme for the Costume Institute’s annual Spring exhibition, the sartorial showcase that serves as the theme for the Met Gala.

Come the first Monday in May, the Met’s famous staircases will play host to legions of A-listers all gathering for the exclusive opening of “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion”.

Curated by Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator responsible for The Costume Institute, the exhibition will explore 250 pieces from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection. Some of which have never been displayed to the public before. The exhibition is poised to bring forth the “sensory elements of fashion masterworks” in what is described as “an entirely new way”.

Rumblings in Manhattan have already begun ruminating on the potential dress code guests will be asked to adhere to, yet no official announcement has been made on that front. Ahead of the 2024 Met Gala, reacquaint yourself with the official Met Gala proceedings and uncover the meaning behind the theme below. 

What Is The Theme Of The 2024 Met Gala?

Come May 2024, The Met will hold the Spring exhibition themed “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion”. This concept will serve as the theme of the 2024 Met Gala, an annual beneficiary ball held to raise funds for The Met’s Costume Institute.

Max Hollein, The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and CEO described that “Sleeping Beauties” will “push the boundaries of our imagination and invite us to experience the multisensory facets of a garment”.

“Sleeping Beauties’ will heighten our engagement with these masterpieces of fashion by evoking how they feel, move, sound, smell, and interact when being worn, ultimately offering a deeper appreciation of the integrity, beauty, and artistic brilliance of the works on display,” he added.

Historical garments are displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s announcement of the Costume Institute’s spring 2024 exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” in New York on November 8, 2023. The Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on May 6 to celebrate the exhibition opening. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Bolton added that the exhibition will be formatted around three distinct zones; land, sea and sky. These tentpoles will group the expertly crafted works per their assimilation with facets of the natural world. “It is very much an ode to nature and the emotional poetics of fashion,” Bolton noted. 

What Pieces Will Be On Display At The 2024 Met Gala?

As per reports, the exhibition will centre on “15 historically significant and aesthetically beautiful pieces from the collection that are far too fragile ever to be worn again.” The exhibition will span 400 years of artistry, featuring iconic works from Schiaparelli, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Conner Ives.

A glimpse of the exhibition confirms that Monsieur Dior’s breathtaking Venus and Junon ball gowns from the late couturier’s Fall 1949 collection will be included in the collection. An exact replica of the latter was worn by Natalie Portman at the premiere of May December at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

LVMH-owned Spanish luxuriate, LOEWE, will also prominently feature, with the Costume Institute confirming the label has provided support for the exhibition. Gen-Z social media app TikTok is the primary sponsor of the exhibition and gala, meaning that a bigger emphasis will be placed on short-form video content and younger content creators for the star-studded soirée.

Fashion designer Christian Dior with two models wearing his creations circa 1949. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Natalie Portman attending the premiere for May December during the 76th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. wearing a replica of Christian Dior’s “Junon” dress. (Photo by Doug Peters/PA Images via Getty Images)
What Is The Dress Code Of The 2024 Met Gala?

The dress code of the 2024 Met Gala is yet to be revealed. As in previous years, the dress code will relate to the exhibition theme. For instance, the theme of the 2023 exhibition was “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty”, with guests asked to dress “In honour of Karl”.

Given the focus on aesthetically relevant and historically significant garments, we can expect maisons to be delving into their archives to recreate pieces that adhere to that brief. After the palaver of Kim Kardashian wearing—and subsequently damaging—Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 Bob Mackie dress at the 2022 Met Gala, it’s assumed that guests will be deterred from borrowing any heritage gowns.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Kim Kardashian attends the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit celebrating In America: An Anthology of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Who Are The Co-Chairs Of The 2024 Met Gala?

With the announcement of the Costume Institute’s exhibition theme, no subsequent news has been released about the Met Gala’s co-hosts.

Previously, co-hosts have included Dua Lipa, Penelope Cruz, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet and Blake Lively, meaning that any fashionable personality across the arts, entertainment and culture could be eligible for the role.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 01: (L-R) Co-chairs Michaela Coel, Dua Lipa, Roger Federer, Penelope Cruz, and Chair Anna Wintour pose at The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/MG23/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
Who Will Attend The 2024 Met Gala?

There is no news on the 2024 Met Gala guest list. Given TikTok’s sponsorship of the event, we can expect a younger crowd will be invited to sit at their table. Previously, TikTok star Addison Rae attended the 2021 and 2022 Met Galas.

Other social media stars including Emma Chamberlain and Dixie D’Amelio have also become mainstays at the event. While the 2023 Met Gala was noticeably lacking internet personalities, it’s clear TikTok’s patronage will quell this short-lived hiatus.

GRAZIA will continue to update our guide to the 2024 Met Gala as more news is announced.

The story originally appeared on GRAZIA International.