The Met Gala is one of the biggest fashion event’s in the calendar every year – but when is it taking place in 2021?
The world’s biggest stars including Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé flock to the annual fundraising gala organised by Vogue in their best attire, but as the pandemic continues, there has been uncertainty over whether the Met Gala would still take place as usual to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.
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The event was cancelled in 2020, but luckily this won’t be the case in 2021 or 2022 as the world slowly edges back to normality.
Vogue recently confirmed the star-studded event will return and has finally let us in on a little more info about what we can expect – including the date of the event, the theme and more about the exhibition that comes with the red carpet soiree.
Here, we take a look at what we know so far. To read everything else about the Met Gala 2021, including tickets, time, theme and more, read our updated guide.
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When is the Met Gala 2021 and 2022?
The Met Gala usually takes place on the first Monday of May every year, but the next scheduled event is looking a little different.
Pending government guidelines, this year’s Met Gala will be split into two parts, with the first taking place on September 13. The second part will be on 5 May, 2022 and will be entitled In America: An Anthology of Fashion.
Vogue confirmed the news, adding that September’s event will be ‘smaller’ than usual and 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.
The date of the 2021 Met Gala, known as ‘fashion’s biggest night out,’ purposefully takes place at the end of New York Fashion Week. The event has been on hold for the past 18 months due to Covid, replaced with the American Collections Calendar, but it’s set to make its return in September with a host of exciting shows.
Is the Met Gala taking place in 2021?
Vogue has confirmed that the Met Ggala will return in September 2021 with Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka as co-chairs of the event. Tom Ford will be an honorary part of the line-up.
While the news is positive for 2021, the Met Gala didn’t take place in 2020 due to COVID-19. In a statement on Vogue.com, the magazine’s Editor-in-chief and Condé Nast’s global content advisor Anna Wintour at the time said: ‘Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled.’
Stars including Katy Perry and Julia Roberts shared their would-have-been outfits to social media, giving us a glimpse of what we missed.
Various awards ceremonies have taken place this year with social distancing measures in place. The Golden Globes saw a small number of celebrities invited to the Los Angeles ceremony, while most attended via Zoom.
Meanwhile the Grammys also took place outdoors in downtown Los Angeles, with the Staples Center serving as the backdrop and The Oscars also went ahead in 2021.
What’s the theme of the Met Gala in 2021?
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.
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 recently hit the headlines when she became British Vogue‘s June cover star. She took to Instagram to share images from the shoot, writing, “I love these pictures and I loved doing this shoot. Do whatever you want whenever you want. Fuck everything else.”
Eilish broke records in doing so, with one photo becoming the fastest to reach 1million likes in under six minutes.