The first, “In America,” will be a small show in September, followed by a second part in May 2022 that will continue the look into “the glories of our domestic fashion industry.”
“Each of the Met’s four co-hosts embodies the defining factor of American style: individualism,” read the magazine’s announcement. “They may approach the concept differently, but their shared passion for expressing themselves through clothing connects with the exhibition’s theme. Chalamet, Eilish, Osaka, and Gorman have all developed a distinct visual language for their public personas, one that is informed by the legacy of iconic fashion made in the U.S.A.”
Of the “Your Power” singer, Vogue also noted: “Eilish’s willingness to embrace an aesthetic as innovative as her music has pushed emerging brands into the limelight and challenged old rules about how a pop star should dress. “
As for what the “American Independence” dress code will look like, according to Vogue, “after an isolating and challenging year, we are celebrating a newfound sense of freedom: to gather, to travel, and to get utterly dressed to the nines — or better yet, into the double digits. Though we’ve had our share of awards-show gowns through the pandemic, celebrities posing poolside at their homes don’t quite have the same effect as a proper red carpet.”
At press time, it is unknown how exhibition curator Andrew Bolton will interpret the theme, but it was revealed that his choices will include designs from such American fashion legends as Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta, as well as such new turks as Andre Walker, LaQuan Smith and Kerby Jean-Raymond.
“The most exciting part is that the dress code is meant for fashion rebels and rule breakers,” said Vogue. “We’re expecting a red carpet filled with anything-goes gowns and a dash of something star-spangled.” Fashion icons Tom Ford, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour are the evening’s honorary chairs.