Although the Met Gala is a while away (it is held on the first Monday in May), the theme has already been released, and we can’t wait. Next year’s theme is “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” which seeks to explain the long history of fashion starting from the 1870s. A theme that celebrates fashion’s changing trajectory is fitting for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, since it will be celebrating its 150th anniversary next year. Because of the extensive nature of the theme, we at the Clog are thrilled to witness the different eras that fashion designers and attendees will choose to represent. Here are four eras of fashion that we hope won’t be forgotten.
The Victorian era
It’s not every day that you get to see your favorite stars and designers grace a red carpet in Victorian garments. Since the co-hosts happen to be Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emma Stone (who just starred in “The Favourite”), we’re really hoping they take the golden opportunity of dressing in elaborate embroideries and trimmings. While there’s a lot about the Victorian era that we wouldn’t like to experience today (Irish Potato Famine, Crimean War, the British Raj to name a few), fashion emerges as one aspect that we can appreciate.
You might have encountered a flapper or two at your last Halloween party, but the Met Gala presents the perfect chance to really do the 1920s justice. The Roaring ’20s were a time of freedom in social attitudes, as well as clothing. The straight-cut, loose-fitting and draping styles of 1920s dresses are a reflection of this change.
Women’s fashion in the 1950s embraced ideals of femininity. The 1950s offered a twist to the full skirts and tight bodices of the Victorian era. Christian Dior’s “New Look” greatly influenced this decade with its signature hourglass silhouette. Marilyn Monroe also rose to stardom in 1953’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” adding a sultry and glamorous undercurrent to fashion.
Wide jeans and higher heels have entered the chat! History repeats itself, and fashion history is no exception. Flared jeans and chunky platforms have made a resurgence in the late 2010s and show no signs of dwindling in popularity. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t love to see an artist or actor typify the fun, expressive and flamboyant culture of the ’70s.
With today’s generation, the correlation of history with current trends may be hard to discern. Many fail to stop and think about when the items that they’re wearing first became prominent. The Met Gala’s 2020 theme does an amazing job of stressing the importance of fashion’s history, which makes us wonder what’s in store for the future.