The Met Gala Returns For 2021

The iconic fundraising event is returning in a new two-night format.

Fashion fans and celebrity watchers alike have been patiently awaiting the return of the Met Gala after 2020’s event was cancelled, like so many others, due to the pandemic. This week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the fan favorite affair will be returning in 2021 — twice!

The Met Gala will be unrolled in a two-night plan to hopefully provide enough fashion fuel to make up for last year’s cancellation. The star-studded occasion, coined as “fashion’s biggest night” will be hosted by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, and Amanda Gorman and as always, organized by Vogue. Celebrities will flock to the Upper East Side institute in their best Americana garb, keeping in tune with this year’s recently unveiled theme.

Photographed by Cass Bird

The first part, titled In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, will take center stage on September 13, 2021 to commemorate the Met’s Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary. This scaled-back celebration aims to “explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion”, according to a press release, highlighting more of-the-moment, emerging designers. Expect to see works that touch on ongoing social and political movements in American society, like body inclusivity and sustainability, by contemporary pioneers in the fashion world. A specially commissioned short film by Melina Matsoukas will also be presented throughout the Met’s storied galleries.

The second part, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will be a larger ceremony hosted in the American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022. This night will take a broader historical approach, acting as a study of over 300 years of American fashion through historical narratives and honoring often overlooked stories in the history of American fashion. An unprecedented 80 percent of the clothes are anticipated to come from the Met’s collection to avoid having loans from abroad. 

Photographed by Cass Bird

The Met Gala is the largest fundraising event for the Costume Institute and will aid in getting the establishment back on its feet after a financially challenging past year. Tickets will set you back a pretty penny, starting at $35,000 each. Or if you’re like us, you know the best seat in the house is your own couch, watching livestreams and Instagram posts of funky fashion roll in.

Both parts of the exhibition will be on display at the Met through September 5, 2022.

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