There’s been a very exciting announcement in the world of fashion this week; after over a year of uncertainty and cancelled events, the Met Gala will be returning in September of 2021!

The Met Gala, which raised 15 million when it was last held in 2019, is an extremely exclusive fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. With the biggest names in music, movies, and fashion all dressed to the nines in bold looks inspired by the annual theme, it’s one of the most important runways of the year. We can’t wait to welcome it back into our lives this fall.

Anna Wintour, Vogue Editor-in-Chief

This is definitely going to be a different show than we’re used to, starting with the date. Traditionally, the Met Gala has always taken place on the first Monday in May, but because of planning and COVID precautions, it’ll be held in September instead. The best part? After this, the event will return to it’s original slot, meaning we will have another Met Gala in May of 2022, less than eight months after the first!

Rihanna wearing an iconic Guo Pei gown at the 2015 Met Gala

Since these two events are so close to one another, they’ll be connected by the theme of American fashion. In September we’ll see part one, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” an exhibit that will focus on the most influential styles of 20th and 21st century American fashion, according to the museum, it will “explore a modern vocabulary of American style emphasizing the expressive qualities of dress and deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion”.

The May 2022 event will coincide with an exhibit in the Met’s American Wing with “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,”. This exhibit will look as far back as 1670 to consider the historical implications of modern fashion. Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton said that this exhibition will “further investigate the evolving language of American fashion through a series of collaborations with American film directors”, which I’m definitely excited to see in action! Both exhibits will be on display to museum patrons until September of 2022.

Are you looking forward to the 2021 Met Gala this fall? Let us know in the comments!

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