Skip to main content

Anna Wintour's Subtle Shade? Decoding the Upcoming Met Gala’s Theme Choice

by Veryan Zimber

The Met Gala, arguably one of the most prestigious events of the fashion calendar, regularly dubbed 'The Oscars of Fashion,' released its theme for this year: 'Sleeping Beauties: Reawakened Fashion.'

Each theme over the years has had many interpretations by those who attend, and 2024's theme is no exception.

My immediate thought went to Disney, as there are several films that feature a 'Sleeping Beauty,' which opens up endless opportunities for creations based on perhaps Aurora’s dress or maybe Snow White inspired pieces. It wouldn’t be the first time we have seen garments inspired by Disney on those famous steps; in 2019, Zendaya wore the iconic 'Cinderella' dress which lit up and was nothing short of magical.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a loungewear take on this theme, maybe dressed up pyjamas, after all, pyjama shirts and lace slip dresses became a staple part of outfits in the last few years.

There are definitely celebrities who year after year choose the darkest corners of association with the concept, like Jared Leto adorning a full cat costume as a nod to Karl Lagerfeld’s Burmese cat Choupette, which definitely set the internet ablaze with very mixed opinions. There is always such a broad display of inventive ideas, creating some of the most elaborate outfits, and we can only hope that next year will be no different.

The backbone of the 2024 exhibition is 250 pieces from the Costume Institute's vault, which span 400 years of fashion history, some so delicate they cannot ever be worn again.

Instead, the displays will have modern technologies to help elevate the garments, to once again be seen in all their glory, how they once were.

For some pieces, an illusion technique called Peppers Ghost will be used, along with light projection, soundscaping, AI, and CGI to create a full sensorial experience. Structuring the pieces around three sections: Land, Sea, and Sky, which opens up possibilities to take a sustainable fashion standpoint or outfits influenced by nature; either way, it opens up even more opportunities.

Initially, the reaction to the theme choice was that it could be Anna Wintour’s way of jibing at Kim Kardashian. As her appearance at this year's gala, she wore a nude effect dress covered in rhinestones, originally made for and worn by Marilyn Monroe.

There was much controversy over this dress being worn due to the delicacy of the garment but also in a very different environment from when it was created. The material it is made from, marquisette, a French silk, also known as French souffle fabric, is so delicate that merely touching the fabric can damage it, not to mention the fact that it is highly flammable.

Since the outing of this dress, there has been a dispute as to whether Kardashian damaged it, but this has never been clearly confirmed.

With history being at the center of the museum's annual fundraiser for 2024, highlighting the importance of preservation and how taking care of these historical pieces after centuries allows us to understand and treasure where fashion began, how it influences the future, and, in a lot of ways, become brand new again.

Edited by Emily Duff

Most Popular

‘Make Tattooing Safe Again’: Sheffield Based Tattoo Artist Exposed for Indecent Behaviour

 by Emily Fletcher TW: SA, Animal Abuse, Transphobia Photo Credit: @ meiko_akiz uki Recently, an  Instagram account  has been created to provide a  ‘space to safely give a voice to those who want to speak out about the behaviour of one, Sheffield based tattoo artist’. A  total of 40+ posts have been made by the above social media account regarding  one of Sheffield's most popular tattoo artists .  Thankfully, all posts are prefaced with a Content Warning prior to sharing screenshots of the messages that have been sent anonymously to the page. The majority of Content Warnings refer to sexual behaviour, abuse, and sexual assault. It is clear that there is a reoccurring theme within each submission, as many clients appear to have had the same experiences with the tattoo artist. Women, mostly, are being made to feel uncomfortable while being tattooed. One of the most vulnerable positions anyone can be in, tattoo artists should make their clients feel comfortable and safe during the pro

Now What? The Aftermath of the 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl'

by Susan Moore Here is a bit about me: I am an open, excitable, creative AFAB who is also moderately attractive. I have a unique sense of personal style and a personality that on the surface can only be described as “bubbly” and “quirky”. For this reason, dating is a nightmare. To be sure, I do not have a hard time finding dates or potential suitors. The problems arise when said dates spend some time with me and decide that I am a rare specimen, and the connection they feel with me is “unlike anything they have felt before”. Then, things go one of two ways.  Either a) they decide I am too high maintenance and no longer palatable, or  b) they choose to never look further than the surface and are content to date the idea of me rather than the real me. There is something rather interesting, perhaps funny, about my situation. It is in no way unique. I have met so many people who constantly dealt with the same problem. Even funnier still, is the fact that there is a trope that simultaneousl

Eurydice’s Last Words

by Kate Bradley I do not want to return To sit in the stalls, Of an empty black box Strewn with petals Leave the ghost light on, Let it shine like a call home, But I will not come back To turn it off alone. I learn this as we walk Our ever so solemn path Our thudding funeral march, You think we’re going back. As I trace my old steps, I fear of the day When the symphony swells, And I land my gaze On you, yet you will be Enraptured by the sound, If you did twist To turn around, You would not see me. So I am not sorry, I speak out into the empty air And I am not sorry. “Turn Around.” You do, you look You think  I fall But I run on, Arms wide open To fall in love With it all “Perhaps she was the one who said, ‘Turn around.” On the X45 bus, back from the Tyneside Cinema, I wrote a poem entitled “Eurydice’s Final Words”, after having seen “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”.  That poem was terrible, so I wrote a new one, as my response to the beautifully poignant film.  In one scene, Héloïse, an 18