Met Gala 2021: What is the theme and who are the hosts? Here's when 'fashion's biggest night out' will be held
'In an attempt to reclaim the past year, we've taken the unprecedented step of presenting a year-long exhibition divided into two parts'
Over the decades, Met Gala has experienced a fair amount of success along with a considerable transformation. However, last year was completely different for the “fashion’s biggest night out” since because of the outburst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibition did open but the over-the-top red carpet event was not present at the event. However, 2021 will reportedly see the iconic Met Gala, which will be attended by the crème de la crème of Hollywood.
Here's all you need to know about this year’s celebration.
What is the theme of the gala?
This year’s event will take place in September instead of the first Monday in May. “Though today is the first Monday in May, we are not rolling out the red carpet on the front steps,” said Max Hollein, the Marina Kellen French Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a virtual press presentation held on Monday, May 3.
2021's dress code is "American Independence" and the exhibition will happen in two-part. The first part — titled ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ — will inaugurate on September 18, 2021, in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. While an intimate event to celebrate the showcase’s opening will be held on September 13.
The second installment of the exhibition — titled ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’ — will open on May 5, 2022, in the American Wing’s period rooms. A second star-studded gala will happen on May 2, 2022, to mark the opening of the next exhibition. Both exhibitions will remain on display until September 5, 2022.
“In an attempt to reclaim the past year, we've taken the unprecedented step of presenting a year-long exhibition divided into two parts. Both parts are distinct, but they are connected by our efforts to reevaluate commonly-held assumptions about American fashion," Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, noted in the virtual press presentation.
Bolton added: “For many years now, we've been reexamining our collection to uncover hidden or untold stories with a view to complicating and problematizing monolithic interpretations of fashion. Our intention for ‘Part 2’ is to bring these stories together in an anthology that challenges received histories and offers alternate readings of American fashion.”
While about the dress code, Vogue stated, “After an isolating and challenging year, we are celebrating a newfound sense of freedom: to gather, to travel, and to get utterly dressed to the nines — or better yet, into the double digits. Though we’ve had our share of awards-show gowns through the pandemic, celebrities posing poolside at their homes don’t quite have the same effect as a proper red carpet,” before adding, “The most exciting part is that the dress code is meant for fashion rebels and rule breakers. We’re expecting a red carpet filled with anything-goes gowns and a dash of something star-spangled.”
Who will be hosting?
American youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman will reportedly co-chair the Met Gala 2021 along with Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish and Naomi Osaka.
The honorary chairs of one of the most exclusive events in the fashion calendar with tickets $35,000 are Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour.
“Each of the Met’s four co-hosts embodies the defining factor of American style: individualism. They may approach the concept differently, but their shared passion for expressing themselves through clothing connects with the exhibition’s theme. Chalamet, Eilish, Osaka, and Gorman have all developed a distinct visual language for their public personas, one that is informed by the legacy of iconic fashion made in the USA,” Vogue’s announcement said.
The magazine also added, “Eilish’s willingness to embrace an aesthetic as innovative as her music has pushed emerging brands into the limelight and challenged old rules about how a pop star should dress.”