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Met Gala 2021: Everything You Need To Know

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

Following last year’s Met Gala cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Costume Institute has announced a two-part Met Gala for 2021 and 2022. This year’s exhibition is called In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, and will open on 18 September. Pending government guidelines, a slightly smaller celebration is planned for 13 September 2021. The second part, entitled In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will fall on the first Monday of May in 2022 (5 May). Both shows will run through 5 September 2022.

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

The theme will celebrate American designers, as well cultural, political and social events that have occurred during the pandemic. “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,” Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue. 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,” Bolton said. “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. I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a Renaissance. I think young designers in particular are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.”

Inspired by Witold Rybczynski’s Home: A Short History of an Idea essay, Bolton will transform the Anna Wintour Costume Center into an imaginary house for In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. Every room will incorporate a particular theme such as joy, rebellion, warmth, nostalgia and more, and and be occupied by an ancestor. “So for the porch, which is warmth,” continued Bolton, “the idea would be to have perhaps Bonnie Cashin’s blanket coat that we pair with André Walker’s coat made from Hudson Bay blankets. In the garden, which is joy, the idea is to have a Mainbocher printed floral dress with the Oscar de la Renta dress that Taylor Swift wore to the Grammys.”

Swift in Oscar de la Renta at this year’s Grammys. Photo: Kevin Mazur.

In the second part, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, Bolton will focus on inclusivity in fashion. “Who gets to be American?” was a question posed at Prabal Gurung’s spring/summer 2020 show, and it will be addressed at the Met Gala 2022, too.

Who will host the Met Gala 2021?

This year’s hosts have yet to be announced. Due to pandemic guidelines, the celebrity-studded red carpet will be a smaller affair than usual.

When was the Met Gala 2020 canceled?

The Met Gala 2020 was postponed indefinitely on 16 March, due to increasing public health concerns over the spread of Covid-19. Earlier in the month, the Metropolitan Museum itself had announced it was closing “until further notice”, after two employees showed symptoms of Covid-19. “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,” US Vogue editor-in-chief and Condé Nast’s global content advisor Anna Wintour revealed in a statement on On 19 May, the museum confirmed in a statement that the gala had been cancelled “due to the global health crisis.”

What was the Met Gala 2020 theme?

Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, found inspiration for the Met Gala 2020 theme and exhibition in the 1992 Sally Potter film Orlando, which was based on Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name. “There’s a wonderful scene,” he said, “in which Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th century woman’s robe à la Francaise, and as she runs through it her clothes change to mid-19th century dress, and she re-emerges in 1850s England. That’s where the original idea came from.”

Kate Moss at the 2019 Met Gala. Photo: Theo Wargo

When was the Met Gala 2020 originally scheduled to take place?

The Met Gala was originally scheduled to take place on the first Monday in May, which would have fallen on 4 May 2020.

Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton. Photo: Taylor Hill

Who was due to host the Met Gala 2020?

The Met Gala 2020 was set to be co-chaired by Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour.

How did stars mark the absence of the Met Gala 2020?

To mark what would have been the Met Gala 2020 on 4 May, Billy Porter urged his followers to take part in the #MetGalaChallenge. Fashionistas around the globe recreated their favourite Met Gala looks from years gone by, including Rihanna’s Guo Pei “omelette” dress from 2015, and Porter’s own “sun god” look designed by The Blonds in 2019. Here are three of Vogue’s favourite entries to the social-media competition.

@gemmalascano as Zendaya in 2019. Photo: Instagram/@gemmalascano

@chicachique as Ezra Miller in 2019. Photo: Instagram/ @chicachique.

What is the Met Gala?

Organised and presided over by Anna Wintour since 1995, the Met Gala has become a much-loved annual celebration of fashion. Considered a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, it has traditionally been timed to mark the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. Year on year, the event raises eight-figure sums; 2019’s edition raised a record $15 million (£12 million).

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy

What happens at the Met Gala?

In short: it’s a secret. For this reason, guests must abide by the no phone (and, therefore, no social media) policy. However, the rules were famously broken by a cluster of celebrities smoking (ahem) and taking selfies in the bathroom in 2017. The event usually involves a high-profile performer (like Rihanna), and guests always explore the gallery before sitting down together for dinner.

How many people attend the Met Gala?

The event hosts around 600 attendees.

Rihanna at the Met Gala 2018 in Margiela. Photo: Karwai Tang

How much is a ticket to the Met Gala?

If you’re lucky enough to be on the guest list then you don’t pay to attend. If you’re not on the list, but have managed to secure a chance of attending, tickets are priced at around $30,000 (£24,000) each, with tables costing about $275,000 (£215,000).

Ezra Miller at the Met Gala in 2019. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

Who is invited to the Met Gala?

Until the evening before the event, the guest list is top secret. But some of the biggest names in the business regularly attend – from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Madonna and Rihanna. More often than not, designers attend with their muses: think Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss, or Nicolas Ghesquière and Emma Stone.

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