The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, colloquially "the Met," announced on Wednesday that the theme of its much-awaited Costume Institute's Spring 2024 exhibition and gala is "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion." And no, it does not refer to Sleeping Beauty's Aurora, the Disney Princess. 

According to Vogue, the subject of the theme pertains to the 50 "historically significant and aesthetically beautiful" garments from the Met's collection that have not been worn in a very long time and are too fragile to be worn ever again. 

For that reason, these pieces have been laid dormant for decades, hence the title "Sleeping Beauties." The exhibit will feature approximately 250 items, chronicling over 400 years of history, ranging from a 17th-century English Elizabethan-era bodice to 21st-century fashion designers such as Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney, and Connor Ives.