The Met Gala is officially coming back in 2021, and given the list of stars attached to headline the event, we're already expecting some iconic looks! On Monday, it was announced that the annual charity fundraiser will go ahead this year, with some notable young celebs at the forefront!
Met Gala press release explains why co-hosts were chosen
The Met Gala's return for the first time since the pandemic began was officially confirmed by the Costume Institute through a press release. As Entertainment Tonight shares, four influential young celebrities— actor Timothée Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman, and athlete Naomi Osaka have been named co-chairs for the event. Vogue's Anna Wintour will be an honourary chair, along with Tom Ford and Adam Mosseri.
The statement referred to 25-year-old Chalamet as "the most influential man in fashion," and lauded 19-year-old Eilish for having "an aesthetic as innovative as her music." 23-year-old Osaka was called "a designer muse and one of the best-dressed athletes around," while 23-year-old Gorman was praised for having "cultivated a look powerful enough to match her words."
Met Gala to be in two parts with focus on Americana fashion
The Met Gala will also be a "more intimate" affair this year than usual, held on September 23 rather than the first week of the month— which is when it is famously known for occurring. As Page Six explains, that's because the pandemic forced the fashionable soirée to be bumped to the fall, and the first Monday in September is Labour Day!
The Met Gala will also see the opening of a museum exhibition opening in two parts over the course of 2021 and 2022, timed to coincide with the year's galas. This September, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" will debut on September 18. This will then be followed by "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" on May 2, 2022.
Marina Kellen, who is the French Director of The Met, made a statement about the gala's themes. She said the upcoming exhibition will "consider how fashion reflects evolving notions of identity in America and will explore a multitude of perspectives through presentations that speak to some of the complexities of history with powerful immediacy."