Lin-Manuel Miranda has radically transformed theater by innovatively sharing classic stories to new generations through award-winning Broadway shows and films, and now he’s been tapped to do the same in the fashion world. This week, the Puerto Rican composer, actor and playwright was announced as one of the co-chairs of the 2020 Met Gala.
According to Playbill, Miranda will co-chair the annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York alongside Louis Vuitton artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Oscar-winning actresses Emma Stone and Meryl Streep.
The theme for next year’s installment of the iconic event is “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” which, according to the Met’s official statement, will inspire attendees to “explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present and future.” To do this, it will utilize the theories of the early-20th-century French philosopher Henri Bergsoby, particularly his concept of la duree, as well as the novels of Virginia Woolf, who “will serve as the ‘ghost narrator’ of the exhibition.”
On Twitter, the Tony, Olivier and Pulitzer winner has disclosed that despite landing the major fashion gig, he still has no idea what he will be wearing.
“What if I told you I figured out a way to support The Met without having to figure out what to wear, because this way I just shake everyone’s fabulously dressed hands on the way in,” he tweeted, later adding: “Can I dress like zombie Hamilton?”
Several fans have inspired the Hamilton star and creator to bring back his eighteenth-century garbs.
“Lin, time to iron your Alexander Hamilton costume,” wrote one user. “Omg, do sexy Hamilton,” encouraged another.
The celebrity-studded gala will be held May 4, with its exhibition featuring 160 pieces of women’s fashion opening to the public May 7.