Fashion’s biggest night is officially back on! On Monday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vogue announced that the Met Gala is finally making its grand return — with not one, but TWO star-studded events.
The annual fashion extravaganza was forced to roll up the red carpet last year after facing a postponement and later cancellation, due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. To make up for lost time, The Costume Institute is now blessing us all with a two-part exhibition centered on American fashion and “a more intimate” gala scheduled for later this fall.
A Celebration of American Style
The first part of the exhibit, titled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” will open in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021. According to the press release, it will celebrate The Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary and explore “a modern vocabulary of American fashion,” from sportswear to contemporary designers.
Part two, titled “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” will open in the American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022. The exhibit will chronicle the history and development of American fashion from the 18th century to present day.
Speaking on his decision to highlight American fashion this year, Andrew Bolton — who’s the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute — shared with Vogue his appreciation for the American fashion scene.
“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,” said Bolton, “I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a Renaissance. I think young designers in particular are at the vanguard of discussion about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency.”
A Met Gala Like No Other
Breaking from its long-standing tradition of being held on the first Monday in May, this year’s gala will be on Monday, September 13, 2021. That’s right! For the first time ever, we will all bear witness to a fall gala and the sartorial slayage that comes with it.
But, not to worry, because the Met Gala will return to its regular scheduling in 2022 on May 2.
As for this year’s hosts? Well, rumour has it that poet extraordinaire Amanda Gorman is set to host the festivities alongside CFDA chairman and fashion designer, Tom Ford, according to The New York Times.
So far, details regarding the event have been few and far between. Here’s hoping that the Met Gala delivers on the fashion front (as per usual) and that come September we have a whole host of fashion, beauty, and hair looks to obsess over!
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