After the COVID-19 outbreak put the kibosh on the 2020 Met Gala, fashion’s biggest red carpet is back for 2021.
This year, Vogue’s glitzy gala is happening in mid-September rather than the first Monday in May, but celebrities and influencers alike are set to walk the hallowed steps and halls of the Met once more — provided they’re fully vaccinated and masked, that is.
See below for everything we know about the big event, from the newly implemented health and safety protocols to the superstar hosts and exhibition’s theme.
When and where is the Met Gala?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala will return on Monday, Sept. 13. Stars are expected to start arriving around 5:30 p.m. ET, and will party well into the night.
What’s this year’s theme?
Taking place two days after the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this year’s ball will have a fitting theme: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” The first half of the accompanying two-part exhibition will “explore American fashion” ranging from sportswear to contemporary designers, according to a press release distributed in April.
The curation was inspired by the pandemic and the display will be set up in a fictional home, with rooms set up to reflect emotions such as fear, loneliness and happiness, per the release.
Curator Andrew Bolton said, “Connections to our homes have become more emotional, as have those to our clothes. For American fashion, this had meant an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality.”
Part two of the exhibit, titled “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will open May 5 next year in the American Wing. It will feature clothing from the 18th century to today, and “explore the development of American fashion by presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces.”
Who are the hosts?
Gen Z has arrived at the Met Gala.
At 19, Billie Eilish is making history as the ball’s youngest-ever co-chair. The “Bad Guy” hitmaker will share hosting duties with tennis star Naomi Osaka and, as Page Six exclusively reported, both Timothée Chalamet and poet Amanda Gorman.