The first Monday in May is looking different in 2020. For the first time since 2005 (when the annual May schedule began), the Met Gala has been indefinitely postponed due to the current global pandemic situation. The annual gala benefitting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City, has become one of fashion's greatest highlights—a conglomeration of celebrities and fashion icons, making their way up the museum steps while (mostly) dressing to the different themes each year.
This year's edition of the Met Gala centres around fashion and its history. About Time: Fashion and Duration takes inspiration from the film Orlando, based on the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name. It's a particular scene in the film where Tilda Swinton runs through a maze and her clothes start changing before she reemerges into a different time period, that influenced the direction of the exhibition. The idea that fashion can be both linear as well as cyclical in nature, is explored throughout the exhibition at the Costume Institute.
In addition, 2020 also marks the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With that, time as a central motif is a fitting tribute.
While Met Gala 2020 won't be happening anytime soon, nor will the exhibition, we take a look back at some of the more daring and outstanding looks as worn by the men on the Met Gala red carpets of past. We should point out that the dress codes at the ball has loosened over the years and male attendees have begun to make bolder fashion choices. White tie has been replaced with elaborate costumes that at times, rival even the most best-dressed of women. In fact, take a look at the gallery above and you might spot a celebrity in a pair ripped jeans; something we thought Anna Wintour wouldn't have pre-approved.