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The Met Gala, which always takes place on the first Monday in May, was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but for 2021, the function is happening at a later date. Great news for all of those who were really missing the jaw-dropping and outrageous red carpet moments that came out of the event, like Pope Rihanna in 2018 or chandelier Katy Perry in 2019. And exciting new developments are that (1) there is a confirmed theme and (2) cochairs have been announced. (Did someone say Timothée Chalamet?!) Below, everything you need to know about “fashion’s biggest night” this year.
When is it taking place?
According to Page Six, the date is being pushed back to September 13 as opposed to May 3, when it would have originally taken place this year. The hope is that by then, it’ll be safer to hold a larger in-person gathering as more and more people are vaccinated. A source told the publication that it’ll be on the second Monday in September because the first is Labor Day and a federal holiday.
What is the theme?
The theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and the exhibit is set to open on September 18, 2021. There will also be a second part, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” that follows on May 5, 2022. Designers included in the exhibit are Christopher John Rogers, Prabal Gurung, Conner Ives, Andre Walker, and more.
It will also resemble a home in the museum, with each “room” representing a different word with our relationship to fashion. Some examples: the office is “aspiration,” the kitchen is “well-being,” and the attic is “nostalgia.”
Who are the cochairs and hosts?
Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Timothée Chalamet, and Naomi Osaka are all cochairing the event together, as each person is known for their unique and bold fashion moments. Honorary chairs include Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and, of course, Anna Wintour.
How can I watch?
The details on this are minimal, but based on the past few years, the event normally airs on E!, which also features pre-show coverage. There are usually livestreams through Hulu and Vogue’s own social channels to watch arrivals as well.
When were the previous themes?
The last time we got our fill of celeb fashion moments at the Met Gala was in 2019 (feels like ages ago, right?) when the theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” We witnessed Lady Gaga and her extremely large eyelashes go through several outfit changes during her entrance, while Kendall and Kylie Jenner rolled up in the most feathery ensembles and Jared Leto walked around with a frightening replica of his own head. See all the looks below to reminisce. What a time!
And speaking of, in 2020, the theme was “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” While the public was able to see the curated exhibit on display with safety protocols in place at the museum, fashion’s biggest night went virtual instead. But for those who always tune in for the glam Met Gala fashion, this info seems like promising news for 2021! And I can’t wait to see everyone’s take on this new theme.
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