The annual New York Met Gala—a feast for the eyes with international celebrities in extravagant dress coming together on the red carpet to celebrate the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition—has been canceled this year due to Covid-19. However, its organizers have created an inclusive program to celebrate all things fashion and the game changer is that everyone is invited, which, is a significant leap considering tickets are generally upwards of US$30K a piece with tables going for almost 300K (and even then, you still require an invitation to buy). The annual Gala is the department’s main source of funding.
Launching tomorrow on the museum’s website homepage and online for the week, the inclusive program will share digital content related to the upcoming exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration (opening late October 2020). Joining chair Anna Wintour, who hosted the annual Met Gala since 1995, this year’s co-chairs are actors Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière—LV serving as sponsor of the event.
Explore animations of new photography by Nicholas Alan Cope from the exhibition catalogue featuring 150 years of fashion and read an exclusive interview with author Michael Cunningham that will accompany an excerpt from a new short story “Out of Time.” Meanwhile, “ghost narrator” Virginia Woolf will share time-related quotations from each work. Feast your eyes on everything from Rihanna’s delectable Guo Pei dress to Kim Kardashian West’s Thierry Mugler wet shirt dress as you delve into iconic moments from the last five Met Galas.
Finally, the Met Gala extends its invitation further with a #MetGalaChallenge, inviting audiences to recreate past Met Gala red carpet looks from home. Anyone can enter by photographing themselves and posting the photos on Instagram with the hashtag #MetGalaChallenge. American broadway theater performer Billy Porter and American Vogue will choose what looks to feature on @voguemagazine, @metmuseum, and @metcostumeinstitute Instagram pages. Who knows, you just may finally get Anna Wintour’s attention.