The Met Gala is one of the most highly anticipated events in the fashion world, and each year the event is centered around a different theme. But how exactly are these themes decided?

The Met Gala theme is chosen each year by the Costume Institute’s chief curator, Andrew Bolton. He makes an official recommendation to the director and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) and the board of trustees. Bolton considers the current cultural climate and looks for a theme that is both relevant and inspiring.

Bolton often looks to the past for inspiration, drawing on historical references and art movements. He also considers current trends in fashion, art, and culture. For example, the 2019 Met Gala theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” which was inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp.”

The chosen theme is then used to create the exhibition for the Costume Institute, which is displayed in the museum for several months after the Met Gala. The exhibition includes a variety of garments and accessories from the past and present, all of which are related to the theme.

The Met Gala theme is an important part of the event, as it sets the tone for the evening and provides guests with a creative challenge. It is also a great way to draw attention to the Costume Institute and its exhibitions. Each year, the chosen theme is highly anticipated and provides an opportunity for guests to showcase their own interpretations of the theme.

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