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Everything You Need to Know About the 2021 Met Gala

At long last, fashion’s biggest night is back! That’s right, the 2021 Met Gala is only a few days away. It’s been a while since we last got to experience the infamous New York City, but now, vaccinated, masked, and dolled up, the Met Gala has returned.

Far different from 2019’s “Camp” theme, this year’s Met Gala will usher in a new era, one centering on American designers and fashion history. But, before we head to the iconic Met stairs, here’s everything you need to know about the fashion spectacle taking place on September 13, 2021.

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala, also referred to as the Met Ball or Met Gala Ball, is an annual fashion celebration in honor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s spring exhibit opening, which also serves as a fundraiser. Raising money for the museum, the infamous night brings together the top names in fashion and Hollywood to celebrate style in boundary-pushing ways. All of it is orchestrated under the eyes of Vogue mastermind Anna Wintour.

When is the Met Gala?

Typically, the Met Gala takes place on the first Monday in May – but things are a little bit different now. The 2021 Met Gala is scheduled to take place on Monday, September 13. (The second Monday in September.)

Why was the Met Gala delayed?

Although the Met Gala is an annual celebration, the 2020 Met Gala was postponed and later canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Centered around the theme “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” the event was first postponed in March 2020 and canceled come mid-May.

“The Met has endured much in its 150 years and today continues as a beacon of hope for the future. This museum is also a profound reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to offer comfort, inspiration, and community. As we endure these challenging and uncertain times, we are encouraged by looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all to enjoy the Met’s collection and exhibitions,” the museum’s president, Daniel H. Weiss, said in a statement then.

Can you stream the 2021 Met Gala?

If, like most of us, you invite to this year’s Met Gala got lost in the mail, don’t panic because this year you can stream it from the comfort of your own bedroom. Here’s how. All you’ll need is an internet connection to watch fashion’s biggest night, as it won’t be broadcast on television. Instead, head over to Vogue.com or the magazine’s Twitter account, which will stream coverage, including some rumored exclusive, never-before-seen access. The Met Gala lifestream will begin at 5:30 pm EST on September 13 with Keke Palmer and Ilana Glazer.

What is the 2021 Met Gala theme?

The theme of this year’s Met Gala is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” It aims to center and elevate contemporary designers through the generations who have greatly impacted the American subset of the industry. The exhibition will be split into two parts: Part One, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” debuting at the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021, and Part Two, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which will open on May 5, 2022.

“We very consciously wanted this to be a celebration of the American fashion community, which suffered so much during the pandemic,” Andrew Bolton, curator at The Met Museum’s Costume Institute, told The New York Times. “I think American fashion is undergoing a renaissance, with young American designers at the vanguard of discussions around diversity, inclusion, sustainability, and conscious creativity. I find it incredibly exciting.”

Who will host the 2021 Met Gala?

In addition to Anna Wintour, and as we learned in May, this year’s Met Gala will be hosted by actor Timothée Chalamet, American poet Amanda Gorman, singer Billie Eilish, and tennis star Naomi Osaka. 

Who will be attending the 2021 Met Gala?

The list of attendees for the Met Gala is always top secret so, unless someone spills some secrets, we won’t know until the same day. Of course, the co-chairs and Anna Wintour are confirmed but the rest is a mystery. One thing is sure: you can expect big names. While we’ve yet to learn exactly which of our favorite celebrities will be in attendance, we do know Zendaya will be absent from the event this year.

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