The Met Gala 2021 Is On With a Pushed Back Date: What You Need to Know

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Don't worry, fashion fiends, the Met Gala is still happening this year — with a pushed-back date.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art officially announced that its annual fete alongside Vogue, which usually takes place on the first Monday in May, will return on September 13 instead of Monday, May 3.

Formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit, the Met Gala also marks the opening of the Costume Institute's annual spring fashion exhibit. Much like the event's date change, this year's exhibit is quite unconventional.

Split into two parts, the exhibits will celebrate American fashion in a few ways. Opening on Sept. 18, part one titled In America: A Lexicon of Fashion will celebrate the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary and “explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,” as per a press release for the event. The Cut notes that the event "will highlight more contemporary designers — something that has not been done to such an extent in the past."

Part two, titled In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will roll out on May 5, 2022, and act as a retrospective of more than 300 years of American fashion.

"Examples of twentieth- and twenty-first-century fashion will populate the interiors, reflecting the customs and behaviors of the imagined occupants. Designs by pioneers of American sportswear will be displayed alongside works by a diverse group of contemporary designers to illustrate a shifting emphasis in American fashion defined by feelings of fear, delight, comfort, anxiety, well-being, loneliness, happiness, belonging, and responsibility, among other qualities," reads the Met's website for the upcoming exhibition.

Curator Andrew Bolton told the New York Times that the Met "very consciously wanted this to be a celebration of the American fashion community, which suffered so much during the pandemic." That idea was elaborated on in a press release from the Met where Bolton explained: "The connections to our homes have become more emotional [in the last year], as have those to our clothes. For American fashion, this has meant an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality."

While this year's Met Gala is slated to be “more intimate” than usual, the Gala planned for May 2022 will likely be a blow-out as it's celebrating not one but two exhibits.

We can't wait to see the looks.


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