At long last, the Met Gala is back. On Monday, the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute announced fashion’s biggest night out would return as a two-part exhibition, with the first event taking place in September.
The theme for the September event and exhibition is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and will celebrate American designers. The second part will be “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which will open on the first Monday of May 2022.
“I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” Andrew Bolton, curator at The Met Museum’s Costume Institute, told Vogue of the gala. “And I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective. I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a Renaissance.”
The Met Gala has not taken place since 2019, when the “Camp: Notes on Fashion”-themed event was hosted by musicians and fashion icons Harry Styles and Lady Gaga. Typically, the star-studded gathering takes place each year on the first Monday in May but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s event was cancelled.
Rumoured hosts for this year include poet Amanda Gorman and fashion designer Tom Ford.
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