It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused its fair share of cancellations in the last year, perhaps none more shocking than the cancellation of the biggest night in fashion. The Met Gala has only ever been canceled or postponed a handful of times in recent history, and the announcement of its cancellation devastated attendees and fashion fanatics alike.
As we begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel of the pandemic with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations and the lifting of regulations, the world is beginning to see a return to normalcy — and so is fashion. The 2021 Met Gala has officially announced all of the juicy details we’ve been dying to know, and VALLEY has them all laid out for you!
When is the Met Gala?
This year’s Met Gala will be held Monday, September 13 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Costume Institution will actually be presenting a two-part exhibition: Part one, “A Lexicon of Fashion,” will open September 18 of this year, while part two, “An Anthology of Fashion,” will not open until May 5, 2022, and a second Met Gala will be held to honor its opening.
The exhibitions will likely be tackling social issues prominent in America in the last year, such as the Black Lives Matter movement or COVID-19 itself. Expect this year’s exhibit to prompt uncomfortable discussions regarding social justice matters in America.
Who Will Be There?
Every year the Met Gala is co-chaired by stylish celebs who best honor and fit the theme of the gala. This year’s Met Gala will be co-chaired by Timotheé Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka. Anna Wintour, Tom Ford and Adam Mosseri will serve as the event’s honorary chairs.
The Met Gala is one of the most important nights in fashion, so expect to see some of the industry’s most sought-after models and designers accompanied by some of the best-dressed celebrities in Hollywood. The event’s usual guest list includes some of VALLEY’s favorites such as the Hadid sisters, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Blake Lively, the Kardashian-Jenners, Rihanna and Beyoncé.
What Will They Be Wearing?
While it may be hard to pinpoint specific trends amongst the clothing specifically for this year’s Met Gala, the clothes will all likely have something in common: their designers.
Since this year’s theme is American fashion, many celebrities will likely be honoring American designers and fashion via their outfit choices.
Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Stephen Burrows and Halston are rumored to be fan-favorites at this year’s Met Gala. Other popular American designers include Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, and each of these designers could find their pieces on the Met Gala red carpet in September.