The Met Gala is back for 2021 and 2022! Here's what we know about fashion's favourite event

Thanks to the pandemic, awards season has been a little different this year. Glittering red carpets, epic designer gowns and OTT performances have been replaced with low-key virtual ceremonies and socially-distanced events.

One of the events we most look forward to each year is The Met Gala, which is traditionally scheduled for the first Monday of May and was postponed due to Covid. “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled,” Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour wrote in a statement, published Monday, March 16.

However, we come bearing good news: The Met Gala is making a comeback this year and whilst it won’t be the event we know and love, Anna Wintour and her committee are sure to make it special. Here’s everything we know so far about fashion’s favourite event…

First thing’s first, what IS the Met Gala?

The event is formally known as the Costume Institute Gala and it’s a fundraiser dedicated to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute – formally named The Anna Wintour Costume Center, in homage to the American Vogue’s editor-in-chief, who has been a chair member of the museum’s gala since 1995.

The benefit founded in 1948 by publicist Eleanor Lambert was to encourage donations from New York’s high society.

Usually happening every first Monday of May, 2020’s event was postponed due to Coronavirus.

The Met Gala also marks the opening night of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The theme of the exhibition sets the tone for the event and invitees have to dress accordingly. Anyone who is anyone in Hollywood attends and it’s the most epic red carpet of the year.

When is the Met Gala 2021 and the Met Gala 2022 set to take place?

The Costume Institute has announced a two-part Met Gala for 2021 and 2022. Oh you spoil us! This year’s exhibition is called In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, and will open on 18 September. Obviously it will all depend on government guidelines but a slightly smaller celebration is planned for 13 September 2021. The second part, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will take place on 5 May 2022 – and both shows will run in the Met until 5 September 2022.

What are the Met Gala 2021 and Met Gala 2022 themes?

According to Vogue, the theme will celebrate American designers, as well cultural, political and social events that have occurred during the pandemic. Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue: “The main one was the fact that the American fashion community has been supporting us for 75 years, really since the beginning of the Costume Institute, so I wanted to acknowledge its support, and also to celebrate and reflect upon American fashion. And he also felt it needed to be revisited (American Ingenuity in 1998 was the last big exhibition to cover the theme).

“I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements and I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective.”

The entire affair is inspired by Witold Rybczynski’s Home: A Short History of an Idea essay, and the centre will be transformed into an imaginary house that incorporates themes such as joy, rebellion, warmth and nostalgia.

Who will host the Met Gala 2021?

Last year’s event was set to have Anna co-hosting with Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles and Serena Williams. No hosts have been announced yet and due to the pandemic, we are expecting a much smaller red carpet.

We will update this page with new info as it drops.


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