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Amanda Gorman, Billie Eilish and Timothée Chalamet to chair 2021 Met Gala

Harper's Bazaar (UK) logo Harper's Bazaar (UK) 04/05/2021 Amy de Klerk
Timothée Chalamet posing for a picture: The event, which is usually scheduled for the first Monday in May, is happening in September with a theme that will celebrate American fashion. © Getty Images The event, which is usually scheduled for the first Monday in May, is happening in September with a theme that will celebrate American fashion.

Almost every single planned red-carpet event over the past 12 months has been rescheduled, downsized or cancelled altogether as the world has been forced to contend with the restrictions that have come as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, this awards season has seen Hollywood open up somewhat over the past few months with scaled-back award presentations and partly virtual red carpets. And, it has now been confirmed that we can expect to see a Met Gala red carpet in 2021, but it will happening later than planned.

The Met Gala – which is a charity event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art each spring and makes for one of the most exciting celebrity-fashion events each year – usually takes place on the first Monday of May, but will this year be hosted in September and will be chaired by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka. Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour will also serve as honorary chairs.

a group of people posing for the camera: Law Roach and Zendaya at the 2019 Met Gala © Rabbani and Solimene Photography - Getty Images Law Roach and Zendaya at the 2019 Met Gala

According to a press release from the Met, this more intimate Costume Institute Benefit (also known as the Met Gala) is scheduled for Monday 13 September, pending government guidelines. The museum has also announced that the 2022 Met Gala will be scheduled for 2 May. Both events will be held to coincide with the openings of a two-part exhibition which celebrates American fashion.

Part one, 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion' will celebrate the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary and explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion. It will open on 18 September, following the 2021 Met Gala.

Part two, 'In America: An Anthology of Fashion' — opening in the American Wing period rooms on 5 May 2022 —will explore the development of American fashion by presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces.

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"Over the past year, because of the pandemic, the connections to our homes have become more emotional, as have those to our clothes," Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, said of the exhibition. "For American fashion, this has meant an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality."

"Responding to this shift, part one of the exhibition will establish a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on the expressive qualities of clothing as well as deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Part two will further investigate the evolving language of American fashion through a series of collaborations with American film directors who will visualise the unfinished stories inherent in The Met’s period rooms."

The theme of the Met Gala always corresponds to the subject of the exhibition, meaning this year's theme will be 'American Independence'. We can therefore expect to see plenty of American designers celebrated at the event, as well as other fashionable takes on American culture.

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