The Met Gala Returns


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Art exhibit at the MET from the last gala in 2019.

Nora Ferro and Ava Curtis

The Met Gala is constantly talked of in the US, more specifically New York City, where celebrities dress up in the craziest costumes and outfits that will be talked about for years. Originally known as the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit, the Met Gala is a fundraiser to benefit the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. It was founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the annual benefit was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York’s high society for the Art’s Costume Institute. Last year due to COVID-19, the gala was canceled, however this year it is back but not on the first Monday of May like normal. This year it has been postponed to September 18, 2021 to coincide with the closing of New York Fashion Week. 

The theme for the gala in previous years have been concepts like “Camp:  Notes on Fashion” or “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. This year the theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. So it is expected that there will be lots of designs from brands like Ralph Lauren, Halston, and Calvin Klein. These are seen as staple brands for American fashion, which makes them very important designers that must be involved. However, this theme is part of a duo and will be carried in next year’s 2022 gala with the theme “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. The two years together should show interesting changes in fashion while remaining under the same theme and tone. 

The chairmen of the Met Gala typically host the event, however it is still unannounced who will hold that position at this time. In the past years, there have been many people ranging from Beyoncé to Serena Williams, while in the most recent gala in 2019, Harry Styles was a co-chairmen. Fashion lovers and fans of the biggest celebrities are excited to see this event back in action as it was deeply missed last year during the peak of COVID-19.