Traditionally, the first Monday in May is a big event in the fashion world. The Metropolitan Museum of Arts hosts its annual Costume Institute Gala, known as the Met Gala. It is a huge event and filled with top-name celebrities. In 2020, the event ended up being canceled due to the pandemic restrictions and precautions.
This year, the Met Gala has been postponed until September, 2021. However, as in keeping with tradition, Vogue chose May 4 to make their big announcement. The co-chairs for the Met Gala 2021 are Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, and Amanda Gorman.
It is official! The Met Gala 2021 is on and slotted to take place on September 13, 2021. The event was given the green light to go ahead and plan for a September gathering since the vaccine roll out was well underway.
For starters, and for those who do not know, the Met Gala is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Since they could not host it during the normally planned first Monday in May, it will now take place in September, 2021. Guidelines from the government are pending as to how exactly things will come down during the event.
Since it is always held on a first Monday, why didn’t they choose the first Monday in September? One simple answer for that is because the first Monday in September is Labor Day.
As far as restrictions and guidelines that will be in place at the event, specific details are not readily available. But, they are expected to be revealed in the coming months.
The 2021 theme for the Met Gala is going to honor American Fashion. This theme will also carry over into 2022. The theme will be celebrated in two parts.
Part One will be called “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” and will be introduced at the September event. The theme will honor the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary with an exploration of modern American Fashion.
The curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, expressed how staying at home throughout the pandemic has changed the way Americans view fashion. The way Americans view their homes has become filled with more emotion than ever before. This means that Americans have developed “an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality.” He also threw around words that represent popular philosophical concepts from 2020 of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Exhibits will feature designs by American sportswear pioneers which will be shown off next to works by a diverse group of contemporary designers. It will demonstrate the shift of emphasis in American fashion that expresses a range of feelings from fear to happiness, delight to anxiety, comfort to loneliness, a sense of well-being, belonging, self-reflection, and self-representation.
Part Two will be called, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” and will present American fashion development. Part Two will take place at the 2022 event which will, hopefully, take place as usual on the first Monday in May.
Part Two, in 2022, will look even more into the evolving language of American fashion. It will do this through a series of collaborations with American film directors to present a visualization of unfinished stories.
While there has been no official announcement as to how many people will be in attendance, the September 2021 Met Gala is expected to be more of an intimate setting than it has typically been throughout the years.