CANTIKA.COM, Jakarta The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that it will open the Met Gala in May this year, involving eight Hollywood directors to create a cinematic sketch of the museum’s American Wing room.
The eight directors include Janicza Bravo, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dash, Tom Ford, Regina King, Martin Scorsese, Autumn de Wilde, and Chloé Zhao.
The American Wing is an area of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that displays American art from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries. The directors will later design cinematic sketches or “frozen frames” to accompany the theme of each room.
Director Ford, for example, will redecorate a room that exhibits John Vanderlyn’s 1819 fresco Versailles.
Met curator Andrew Bolton said getting the director to be involved in the Met Gala was a way to showcase the history of fashion through visualization from the director’s point of view by combining fictional elements.
“They (directors) combine fact and fiction in period space. But they also enliven the story and deepen it,” Bolton said, quoted from WWD on Tuesday, February 16, 2022.
This year, the Met Gala carries the theme “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. The theme is a continuation of last year’s Met Gala, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”.
Through the theme “Anthology”, this year’s exhibition will display about 100 examples of men’s and women’s clothing from the 19th century to the mid-late 20th century that represent the history of American fashion. “This year’s event is one that will expand the monolithic interpretation of American fashion history to include designers, who may not be as successful as others, but have had an impact in a short span of time,” Bolton said.
This year, the Met Gala will also feature works by designers such as Bill Blass, Halston, Claire McCardell, Stephen Burrows, Anne Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Norman Norrell, and so on.
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