The Met Gala Returns Tonight – Here’s What You Need to Know

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Vogue’s annual Met Gala is one of the most talked about events in the fashion calendar every year, with celebrities including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and many, many more attending in their most extravagant and glorious outfits.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, but the fundraising ball was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event won’t disappoint. Here, we’re bringing you everything there is to know about the event so far.

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READ MORE: The best outfits from the Golden Globes 2021

Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala 2019
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When is the Met Gala 2021?

The annual Met Gala usually takes place on the first Monday of May every year, but it has been postponed in 2021.

Pending government guidelines, the Met Gala will be a smaller event split into two parts, with the first taking place tonight on September 13, 2021.

The second part will be on 5 May, 2022 and will be entitled In America: An Anthology of Fashion.

Vogue confirmed the news and explained that it will be timed to coincide with the close of what will ‘hopefully be an in-person New York Fashion Week.’

As well as the celebrity event, the Costume Institute’s two-part exhibition is set to be presented over 2021 and 2022 in two areas of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Read more about when the Met Gala will happen here.

How to watch the Met Gala

US Vogue will be hosting a livestream of the event straight from the Vogue website and Twitter. This will start from 5.3pm EST (10.30pm BST).

Arrivals on the red carpet will likely begin from 7 p.m. EST, which is midnight British Standard Time, and the most famous celebs typically arrive fashionably late.

What is the Met Gala 2021 theme?

The theme of this year’s Met Gala is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

When it comes to the exhibition, Vogue revealed that ‘every room will incorporate a particular theme such as joy, rebellion, warmth, nostalgia and more, and and be occupied by an ancestor.’

The second part, taking place next year, will have the theme of In America: An Anthology of Fashion and will focus on inclusivity in fashion.

Last year’s theme of ‘About Time’ sadly never came to life, but celebrities took to social media to share their outfits anyway.

What time is the Met Gala 2021?

In 2019, the Met Gala red carpet kicked off at 5pm ET, with arrivals starting at 7pm.

We’ll regularly update this article with news of 2021’s event.

How much is a ticket to the Met Gala 2021?

Various prices have been listed for a Met Gala ticket, but according to the Evening Standard it cost $35,000 for a single ticket in 2019 and $200-300,000 for a table at the event.

Celebrities aren’t required to pay to attend however, as they’re invited.

Check out this amazing infographic from Refinery29 to help you work out the other ways you could attend.

Who will host the Met Gala 2021?

On May 3, when the Met Gala was originally set to take place, the hosts of the 2021 event were announced.

Actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman, and tennis superstar Naomi Osaka will co-chair the event, while designer Tom Ford, Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour will act as the evening’s honorary chairs.

Gorman quickly rose to fame after her appearance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration earlier this year. Since speaking at the event, the 23-year-old was signed to IMG Models and appeared on the cover of US Vogue.

Billie Eilish also hit the headlines when she became British Vogue‘s June cover star.

Who is going to the Met Gala 2021?

The Met Gala’s guest list, curated and vetted by Anna Wintour, represents the most influential people in media, entertainment and fashion. So perhaps it should no longer come as a surprise that social media influencers such as James Charles and Lily Singh have been invited to the mega fashion event.

However, many people seem to still be adverse to the idea of social media celebrities being part of the event. When supposedly ‘leaked’ seating charts made rounds online, people did not hold back sharing their dismay. The charts turned out to be fake though.

So right now we still don’t know who’s going, but singer Dua Lipa has already confirmed that she will miss this year’s event due to film commitments.

Meanwhile Zendaya also won’t be attending due to work commitments, which led to many fans calling for the event to be cancelled.