Following its cancellation last year due to the pandemic, the Met Gala, one of the world's fashion's biggest event, is making a highly anticipated return in not just one but two events.
The fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be held as a two-part exhibition, with the first titled, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. It will open in the Anna Wintour Costume centre on September 18, 2021, and welcomes part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion on May 5, 2022 in the period rooms of the American Wing. Both exhibitions will run until September 5, 2022.
The September 2021 event aims to be a more intimate affair, while the 2022 gala is set to go all out with the hope that social distancing restrictions will ease as attendees get vaccinated. The fashion event has always been hosted by a fashionable public figure and rumour has it that 22-year-old poet, Amanda Gorman who took the world by storm during her inauguration poetry recital at Joe Biden's inauguration will be co-hosting alongside Met Gala chairman and Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour as well as American designer, Tom Ford.
The upcoming theme will be a celebration of American designers as well as to shed light on the political, cultural and social events that took place last year. The last time Met Gala gave the spotlight to homegrown fashion was in 1998's American Ingenuity where it was dominated by labels such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.