The day that the theme of the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition is announced marks the beginning of months of wild speculation. Yes, fashion fans will discuss what sorts of magic Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, will whip up in the museum’s galleries, but also—and much more comically so—there is the issue of the Met Gala and its red carpet. Each year, guests of the ball are asked to dress according to a theme related to the exhibit. How will attendees grapple with this year’s show, About Time: Fashion and Duration, and the gala’s dress code: timeless?
The internet had plenty of ideas. Some instantly took up Bolton’s reference material, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Sally Potter’s 1992 film adaptation, calling for Tilda Swinton–worthy corsetry and frock coats. Others looked to the cochairs—Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Nicolas Ghesquière—calling out each star’s best, and most timeless, looks as inspiration. Still more have suggested commissioning flat circle costumes, which could either go full Nietzsche or, for a more pop cultural spin, channel Matthew McConaughey in True Detective.
We won’t know if any of this will come to pass until May 4, 2020, but here are some of the internet’s best takes on the themes, as of now.
Originally Appeared on Vogue