Sometimes referred to as "fashion's biggest night out," the Met Gala has, in last decade or so, become a major red carpet event, thanks to its roster of A-list celebrity guests and dramatic, sometimes over-the-top fashion moments (who could forget Claire Dane's iconic light-up Cinderella dress from 2016?) Benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, the gala was, like so many other events, canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and given that the event's traditional date on the first Monday in May is fast approaching, speculation has raged as to whether the party would suffer the same fate in 2021. Well there's good news for fashion fans and celeb-watchers alike, because it appears that the Met Gala is back on this year—albeit with some major changes.
Following reports by Page Six, it was recently confirmed that the gala will be delayed from its usual May date to instead cap off New York Fashion Week in September in the hopes that large-scale vaccinations and an easing of social distancing restrictions will have helped us all return to something more closely resembling pre-pandemic life by then.
The gala will celebrate two interconnected Costume Institute shows focused on American fashion—each with their own gala. That's right, two Met Galas.
“We very consciously wanted this to be a celebration of the American fashion community, which suffered so much during the pandemic,” Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, told the New York Times. He added, "I think American fashion is undergoing a renaissance, with young American designers at the vanguard of discussions around diversity, inclusion, sustainability and conscious creativity. I find it incredibly exciting."
The first show will reportedly be titled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” and will focus heavily on contemporary designers. The second show, which will not open until May 2022, is called “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” and will celebrate 300 years of American fashion history.
As of yet, no additional information has been released about the hosts for either of the Met Galas, though Page Six reports that poet Amanda Gorman (who catapulted to fashion stardom after her stunning reading at the 2021 Biden inauguration) and CFDA chairman Tom Ford are rumored to be in contention for the position. We'll update this post as more information becomes available.
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