After an unfortunate cancellation last year (another of COVID-19's casualty), the Costume Institute Gala is set to return. Anna Wintour and her approved list of celebrities as well as fashion movers and shakers will be able to reconvene at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art this year for Met Gala 2021.
The annual fundraising gala for the museum's Costume Institute has been a fixture of pop culture for decades. Prices for a single ticket reportedly starts from USD30,000 with tickets for a table ranging from USD200,000 to 300,000. But hey, that's the price one pays for a contribution towards preserving the museum's repertoire of fashion and the arts. And of course, a night of entertainment and schmoozing that comes with it.
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With the pandemic still a global issue yet to be completely tackled—The New York Times reported 72,286 cases on 12 April in the US alone—Met Gala 2021 is set to be different. In fact, the Costume Institute will be approaching its entire programming in quite a landmark way.
The main exhibition will be a two-part blockbuster
Unlike previous years where the Met Gala celebrates the opening of a single exhibition that typically runs from May to September, the latest edition will be split into two parts. The overarching theme will be focused on American fashion to be stretched across 2021 and 2022.
The two-part series begins with In America: A Lexicon of Fashion on 18 September 2021 and housed in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. It's then followed by In America: An Anthology of Fashion that's set to open on 5 May 2022 in the period rooms of the American Wing. Both exhibits will then run through 5 September 2022.
The Costume Institute last explored American fashion back in 1998.
Taylor Swift could be part of the exhibition
In America: A Lexicon of Fashion will see the Anna Wintour Costume Center transformed into an imaginary house. Each space within will then be dedicated to represent a particular emotive quality, occupied by fashion pieces that relate to the quality as well as to each other. Taylor Swift's Oscar de la Renta dress that she wore to the most recent Grammys for example, could be paired with a Mainbocher (an American couture brand that closed in 1971) floral dress in the garden section of the 'house'.
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Met Gala 2021 will not be on the first Monday of May
A tradition that's been set since 2005, this year's Met Gala will see a departure from the schedule. Met Gala 2021 has been proposed to take place as a smaller scale event on 13 September 2021. The date will coincide with the end of New York Fashion Week for the spring/summer 2022 season, one that's hoped to happen in-person and with all health and safety guidelines in place.
The first Monday of May will then return in 2022.