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It’s About Time!

The 2020 Costume Institute exhibition, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” is now on view at The Met Fifth Avenue

The much-anticipated 2020 Costume Institute exhibition has opened to the public. Though The Met was, sadly, unable to host its annual celebrity-studded gala on the first Monday in May, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fans of fashion and lovers of costume history can finally enjoy this lavish and fascinating exhibition.

How? Simply visit The Met’s galleries in person; purchase the stunning companion catalogue in-store or online (shown below); or visit The Met website to learn more. The best-selling catalogue features new photography by Nicholas Alan Cope; an original short story by Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours; illuminating essays; and excerpts from the work of the catalogue’s “ghost narrator,” Virginia Woolf.

The exhibition catalogue that accompanies "About Time: Fashion and Duration" is a Met Store best seller
About Time: Fashion and Duration, $65

However you experience this striking show, you’ll encounter an intriguing take on fashion that reveals the similarities among 120 notable couture garments—almost all in shades of black. The exhibition explores two inter-related timelines that cover the period from 1870 to today, to mark The Met’s 150th anniversary in 2020.

Dinner dress, Mrs. Arnold (American), ca. 1895; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Sally Ingalls, 1932 2009.300.643a, b. Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

To complement this unique exhibition, The Met Store is offering on-trend designs on the themes of time, iconic fashions, and sustainability. We think you’ll agree it has been worth the wait.

It’s Time for Clocks

Our charming timepiece-themed designs include an elegant silk scarf (below), men’s and women’s socks, a glass catchall tray, and fun boxer shorts. You may also like some amusing pieces that celebrate Salvador Dalí’s famous melting clocks, as well as our exhibition face masks, which are found only at The Met.

Clock Dial Scarf, $125


In honor of the exhibition, The Met asked artist Donald Robertson (famed as the Instagram sensation @drawbertson) to create original illustrations of timeless fashions. His lively take on The Costume Institute collection appears on our exclusive exhibition tee, tote bag, scarf, coasters, and other unique designs.

Illustrated Costume Institute Trinket Tray by Donald Robertson, $10

Designer Collaborations

It’s about time—to reuse, recycle, and up-cycle. One-of-a-kind and limited-edition garments and accessories are now on sale at The Met Fifth Avenue, available in-store only.

Choose from inventive designs by top names in fashion such as Bode, Gypsy Sport, J.Hannah, Libertine, and Vaquera. Each designer highlights aspects of sustainability in their stylish pieces. The store will also feature a selection of designer face masks by Bode, Balmain, Erdem, Gypsy Sport, and Off-White.

The Met Store is thrilled that this extraordinary and “timely” fashion exhibition is now in The Met galleries—and we hope you are, too.

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