Written by The Strategy
Among the fashion folk, the first Monday in May, is an important day. Marked on calendars the moment we ring in a new year, and anticipated from then on, the first Monday in May is the day of the iconic Met Gala.
Documentaries have been made about the event, special issues of magazines recap it, and if you are not one of the (Anna Wintour) chosen few attendees, social media is properly trolled in the hours of the event for any and all red carpet photos and glamorous bathroom shots that may end up on the inter-web. It’s fashion’s night out and the biggest party of the year.
Last year however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, like most everything else, The Met Gala was cancelled. As The Metropolitan Museum of Art was closed since March of 2020, the who’s-who of fashion and celebrity studded event, and crucial fundraiser for the Costume Institute, didn’t happen. Monday, May 4th, 2020 came and went with not even one crowded bathroom selfie. *Sigh*
Fast forward to today, the first Monday in May 2021, and the red carpet will still not be rolled down the front steps of The Met. Instead, we learned about the Costume Institute’s 2-part 2021 exhibit, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and In America: An Anthology of Fashion. Part 1 of the exhibition will open September 18th at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, with an “intimate” gala taking place on September 13th, and co-chaired by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka, with honorary chairs Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour. Part 2 will open on May 5th, 2022 in the American Wing. For this, a second mini-Met Gala will be held on May 2nd, 2022.