By Sunil Makan
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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?
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.
Who else but Kate Moss wearing Marc Jacobs could steal the show at the 2009 Met Gala, The Model As Muse?
Princess Diana wore a navy slip dress from the first John Galliano for Dior collection to the 1996 Met Gala, which celebrated Christian Dior.
Rihanna in Rei Kawakubo
Okay, Rihanna again, but who else could pull off Rei Kawakubo with such aplomb?
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?
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.
Harry Styles, just because.
Harry Styles in head-to-toe Gucci at the 2019 Met Gala. What more can we say?
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.
Lover of (in no particular order): Fragrance, Fine Wine, Champagne, Dior, Luxury Travel, Food, Chicken Wings.
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