The Met Gala 2021 is happening—here’s everything we know so far

The Met Gala 2021, a.k.a. fashion's BNO, is on and the hosts have been chosen

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know.Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.
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When it comes to fashion, the Met Gala is the red carpet event of the year—every other event is just playing for second place. It's just been announced that the Met Gala 2021 is definitely happening this year and we trust it's going to deliver the dose of glamour we so desperately need. 

For the uninitiated, the Met Gala is an annual charity event that raises funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and signifies the opening of the annual fashion exhibit. Formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala, the event is where the fashion world, Hollywood, and music royalty collide, with the likes of Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, and Beyoncé all bringing their A-game to the red carpet. 

For a quick catch up, we’d recommend streaming The First Monday In May, a documentary by Andrew Rossi, which tells the story of how the Met’s 2015 fashion exhibition China: Through The Looking Glass was put together. The story follows Andrew Bolton (the museum's curator and husband to fashion designer Thom Browne) as he puts together the magnificent exhibition, peppered with behind-the-scenes snippets like Anna Wintour deliberating over who gets to sit next to Bradley Cooper—a must-watch in our eyes.

When is the Met Gala 2021?

This year, the event will not take place on its customary first Monday in May—a date usually etched into our psyche—but will instead be on September 18th.

According to an Instagram post from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there will be two galas; the first which will mark the end of the September 2021 fashion shows and a second, with the same theme, in May 2022. The change comes as no surprise as countless events, including fashion weeks around the globe, have been canceled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

What is the Met Gala 2021 theme?

The Met Gala 2021 theme is "In American: A Lexicon of Fashion." What that means exactly, only time will tell, but as a tribute to American style, we’re sure to see the likes of Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, and Marc Jacobs, along with their stylish muses on the red carpet. 

The Met Gala celebrates the intersection between fashion and art, and some highlights have been China: The Looking Glass in 2015, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination in 2018 and Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between in 2017. 

Who is hosting the Met Gala 2021?

Pretty much all of our style crushes: Timothée Chalamet will serve as co-chair of the Met Gala 2021 alongside singer Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman, and tennis pro Naomi Osaka. Designer Tom Ford and, of course, Anna Wintour herself will also serve as honorary chairs. 

The best Met Gala fashion moments ever

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know. Rihanna attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Rihanna in Guo Pei

You couldn’t have a best dressed round up with Rihanna. The originator of countless memes, Rihanna stunned in Guo Pei at the 2015 Met Gala China: Through The Looking Glass.

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know.Beyonce attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology 2016 (Givenchy) Beyonce attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 (black dress) China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 (see through)

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Beyoncé, Beyoncé, Beyoncé

No stranger to the Met red carpet, Beyoncé has attended the Gala eight times. Every look she turned was epic but if we’re picking, then we can’t forget the perfection of these three Givenchy looks that she wore in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Can we expect a Givenchy revival, by way of Matthew Williams at the Met Gala 2021? 

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker with designer Alexander McQueen attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala: Anglomania at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 1, 2006 in New York City

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When Carrie wore McQueen 

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Alexander McQueen is pictured with Lee McQueen at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala: Anglomania at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2006. 

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know. Kate Moss attends THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: "The Model As Muse" with Honorary Chair MARC JACOBS - INSIDE at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City

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Kate Moss

Who else but Kate Moss wearing Marc Jacobs could steal the show at the 2009 Met Gala, The Model As Muse?

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know. Princess Diana attends Met Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on January 1, 1995 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

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Princess Diana

Princess Diana wore a navy slip dress from the first John Galliano for Dior collection to the 1996 Met Gala, which celebrated Christian Dior. 

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know. Rihanna attends the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City.

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Rihanna in Rei Kawakubo

Okay, Rihanna again, but who else could pull off Rei Kawakubo with such aplomb?

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know. Billy Porter attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

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Billie Porter’s theatrical entrance

Billie Porter wearing The Blonds carried by six shirtless men. How else are you meant to enter the 2019 Met Gala, Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion? 

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know. Celine Dion attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

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Celine Dion has a Showgirl moment

This Oscar De La Renta look for the 2019 Met Gala came halfway through Celine Dion’s ferocious comeback with several fashion-forward looks.

The Met Gala 2021, everything we know. Harry Styles attends the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

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Harry Styles, just because. 

Harry Styles in head-to-toe Gucci at the 2019 Met Gala. What more can we say?

Sunil Makan
Sunil Makan

Sunil Makan is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 


With over 12 years of publishing experience, working on print publications and their digital counterparts, national newspapers and digital pure plays he is an Editor, Strategist, Content Producer and Creative Director.  


In his most recent role, Sunil was the Associate Editor of British Marie Claire and prior to that he  worked at ELLE, InStyle, Shortlist Media and freelanced at various other titles. Sunil’s specialisms include Fashion, Beauty and Grooming, Lifestyle and Culture.


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