MET Gala
Let’s Raise a Toast for America

The Met Gala returning for 2021 feels like a victory, and it promises to be the celebratory event of the year. 

The Met Gala returns this year on September 13th with the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” The event is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. According to Vogue, the Met Gala is affectionately referred to as “fashion’s biggest night out.” Top celebrities have been invited to celebrate the opening of the two-part exhibition. Here is what we know about the 2021 Met Gala. 

The date:

Famously held on the first Monday of May, the gala had to be postponed to September 13th due to the pandemic. The new date presents issues for many of the guests because it clashes with the beginning of London Fashion Week. Although the date changed, the glitz and glamour of the event will never change.

The theme:

The curator in charge of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, told Vogue: “The main one was the fact that 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.” 

This year’s theme will be a tribute to American fashion. The dress code that was sent out in the invitations was “American Independence.” We wait expectantly for the looks that the invitees will serve on that red carpet. 

The exhibition:

The Costume Institute will host a two-part exhibition. “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. The first part of the exhibition “A Lexicon of Fashion” will open on September 18th at the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The second part of the exhibition “An Anthology of Fashion,” will open May 5th of 2022, in the period rooms of the museum’s American Wing.

We can expect for the exhibition to host pieces by Christopher John Rogers, Arnold Scaasi, Beth Levine, and Sally Victor.

The food:

For the first time, this year the event will feature an exclusively plant-based menu. Marcus Samuelsson carefully selected the dishes from recipes by 10 up-and-coming New York-based chefs. 

The co-chairs:

This year’s co-chairs will be Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman.

Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour will take honorary chairs.

The attendees:

Many of the familiar faces will be absent. The pandemic caused the guest list to be reduced for safety measures. The pandemic also presents problems for European guests and designers, as borders remain closed for many Europeans. There has been a lot of speculation about younger internet personalities attending. While nothing is confirmed yet- the guest list is closely guarded and the attendees are revealed when they step onto the red carpet. This year’s gala will assuredly be an event to be remembered.

Photo: Entertainment Tonight on Facebook

Written by Julia Silva Kurppa
Featured Photo: Kylie Jenner on Facebook
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