Met Gala 2020 officially cancelled

The 2020 edition of the Met Gala has officially been cancelled. The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled Ab…

The 2020 edition of the Met Gala has officially been cancelled.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

Back in March, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour announced the fundraising event had been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and museum officials subsequently declared on Tuesday that there will be no Met Gala this year.

The Met has been closed since March and it looks set to reopen in mid-August or shortly after, in accordance with New York authorities’ phased reopening plan for the city.

About Time: Fashion and Duration, which documents the changes in fashion throughout the Met’s 150-year history, is currently scheduled to open on 29 October and run until 7 February 2021.

Met officials have scrapped all talks, tours, concerts, and events to be held at the museum for the rest of 2020. They hope to resume the Met Gala and other events, including a belated celebration of its 150th anniversary, next year. The 2021 bash will be focused on next year’s Costume Institute exhibition.

The co-chairs of the 2020 edition were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala’s history, it has been cancelled twice – following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Clare Waight Keller reminisces about attending 2019 Met Gala with Gal Gadot

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on the great time she had with Gal Gadot at the 2019 Met Gala.Last month, the British designer announced that she was departing her role as creative director at Givenchy following a three-year stint. Since then, Waight…

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on the great time she had with Gal Gadot at the 2019 Met Gala.

Last month, the British designer announced that she was departing her role as creative director at Givenchy following a three-year stint.

Since then, Waight Keller has been opening up about some of her highlights from her time at the French luxury house on her Instagram page, and in a sweet post uploaded on Monday, she recalled the day she spent getting ready alongside the Wonder Woman actress for the annual fashion event in May 2019.

“One year ago today – at the @voguemagazine Met Ball with the incredible beauty @gal_gadot it’s seems like a long time ago and a very different time from the one we are all in now,” she began, referring to the postponement of the 2020 Met Gala due to the coronavirus crisis. “The Met Ball is that moment for beauty and extravagance, individuality, personality and a whole lot of fun.”

Alongside a series of images of herself and Gadot with their glam team, Waight Keller shared some snaps of the Israeli star making her entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City while wearing her custom-made Givenchy couture ensemble that was comprised of a white cape dress, matching thigh-high boots, and a pearl-studded headpiece.

“For me the best part is getting ready, prepping, the choice of hair, make-up, the look and the jewels, in the Carlyle Hotel where most of the people stay as it’s so close to the Museum. I have to say personally it’s the private moments of spending the night with someone like Gal, talking about life, family, funny stories from our careers, what music we love, what films we watch, what our children are doing, sharing photos, all those conversations and more are the things that I love,” the designer gushed. “She is such a wonderful woman, mother, actress, all-round goddess. She is immediately disarming, uninhabited and hilarious. We had an incredible night.”

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Anna Wintour postpones 2020 Met Gala

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exh…

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

However, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour announced in an article published on Vogue.com on Monday that the event would be delayed indefinitely.

“One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time,” she wrote. “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled.”

Wintour added that fashion fans would be give a preview of the “extraordinary exhibition” in the May 2020 issue of Vogue.

While guests had not yet been announced, the evening’s co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been closed since last Thursday, with executives abiding by the recommendation from officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that all gatherings of more than 50 people be suspended for the immediate future to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala’s history, it has been cancelled twice – following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Karl Lagerfeld exhibition to be staged at Metropolitan Museum of Art – report

Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are reportedly planning an exhibition dedicated to the late Karl Lagerfeld.The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 in February from complications rela…

Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are reportedly planning an exhibition dedicated to the late Karl Lagerfeld.

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 in February from complications relating to pancreatic cancer.

While the fashion world is still reeling from Lagerfeld’s death, editors at WWD are now reporting that executives at the museum in New York City are working on a showcase in honour of the legendary designer.

Sources have told the publication that Andrew Bolton, curator and current head of The Met’s Costume Institute, will oversee the showcase, and it is set to take place in 2022. Representatives for The Met have declined to report on the speculation.

However, should the exhibition get the green light, curators will have stacks of material to work with, as Lagerfeld not only led fashion houses but also worked as a creative director, artist, caricaturist and photographer.

He was also recognised around the world for his signature uniform, typically comprised of a black suit, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and starched white collars.

Lagerfeld unveiled his final Metiers d’Art collection outside of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur, housed within The Met, last December.

However, he was absent from the Chanel couture show held in Paris in January, with a representative for the French house noting he could not attend due to illness. His right-hand woman at Chanel, Virginie Viard, took the final bow in his place, and has since taken over creative direction at the brand.

Lagerfeld did not have a funeral, but bosses from all three brands that he worked for teamed together in June to hold the tribute event, entitled Karl For Ever, at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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Chanel’s Metiers d’Art collection to return to Paris

Virginie Viard’s first Chanel collection will debut at the label’s Metiers d’Art show in Paris.A statement from the fashion house revealed the collection will be shown in the French capital on 5 December, in an as-yet-unknown location. The Metiers …

Virginie Viard’s first Chanel collection will debut at the label’s Metiers d’Art show in Paris.

A statement from the fashion house revealed the collection will be shown in the French capital on 5 December, in an as-yet-unknown location.

The Metiers d’Art 2019/2020 collection will be the first designed exclusively by Viard, Karl Lagerfeld’s longtime right-hand woman, who took over creative direction of the French label following the iconic designer’s death in February.

Last year, the Metiers d’Art presentation traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and in 2017, the collection was in Lagerfeld’s native Hamburg in Germany.

The show has not been in France since the Paris-Cosmopolite collection at the Ritz in 2016, in honour of the luxury hotel’s reopening.

It was back in 2002 that Lagerfeld introduced the extra show, which celebrates the craftsmanship of artisan partners, with previous destinations including Edinburgh, Shanghai, Rome and Dallas.

The announcement comes as Chanel attempts to strengthen its bond with the French capital. Last year, the fashion house became the exclusive private sponsor of the Grand Palais renovation, due to be completed in time for the Olympic Games in the city in 2024.

Chanel is also sponsoring the creation of a space for permanent exhibitions at the Palais Galliera, and kicked off construction on the new site that will house its Metiers d’Art ateliers in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of Paris, due to be completed next year.

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Jennifer Lopez cried as she left for 2019 Met Gala in Versace tailor’s final design

Jennifer Lopez was in tears as she left for the 2019 Met Gala because she wanted to honour late Versace tailor Luigi Massi with her ensemble.The superstar attended the annual fundraising event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in Ne…

Jennifer Lopez was in tears as she left for the 2019 Met Gala because she wanted to honour late Versace tailor Luigi Massi with her ensemble.

The superstar attended the annual fundraising event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City on Monday night, with the theme revolving around the new exhibit, Camp: Notes on Fashion, based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

Jennifer opted for an opalescent dress and beaded headpiece from Versace, and in a behind-the-scenes video uploaded to her YouTube channel the following day, the footage showed her tearing up while remembering Luigi, who passed away at the age of 56 last month after suffering a heart attack.

After wiping away the tears with a tissue, Jennifer took a moment to compose herself before leaving for the bash with her fiance Alex Rodriguez.

Earlier in the video, the On the Floor singer also explained that she was dedicating her look to the fashion guru, who she had worked with many times over the course of her career.

“Obviously, we’re saddened this year and cried during our first fitting, putting on this gown,” she shared. “Knowing that Luigi was making this gown when he passed away. It’s difficult, but at the same time it’s also a celebration of his work.”

Elsewhere, Jennifer gave fans a detailed look at her stunning dress, and was also filmed demonstrating to the Versace team of tailors exactly how she wanted the number altered.

As well as asking for the slit to be higher, she requested the back be cinched in.

“I’ll tell you one thing, Luigi would have made this waist much smaller for me. He would make sure (I looked) very skinny. But don’t squeeze the back… somehow, he wouldn’t squeeze the back,” the 49-year-old said.

In addition, Jennifer asked for the fringe on her headpiece to be shortened as she wanted to show off more of the detailing on the back of her gown, and commented that it should look like a “beautiful swim cap”.

Other celebrities to wear Versace creations to the 2019 Met Gala included Serena Williams, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Dua Lipa, Henry Golding, and Lupita Nyong’o.

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Celine Dion initially thought 2019 Met Gala theme was ‘camping’

Celine Dion initially thought the theme for the 2019 Met Gala was “camping”.The annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City took place on Monday night, with this year’s theme revolving…

Celine Dion initially thought the theme for the 2019 Met Gala was “camping”.

The annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City took place on Monday night, with this year’s theme revolving around the new exhibit, Camp: Notes on Fashion, based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

However, during a chat with E! News reporters on the red carpet at the star-studded bash, Celine confessed that she was rather baffled when she was first informed of the concept.

“At first, I was a little bit confused when I heard camp. I wasn’t sure what it meant, I mean, are we going camping? We’re going to be at the Met and everybody is going to stay and sleep all night together?” the superstar recalled, before going on to describe her take on camp. “But no, for us, camp was luxurious and cheeky and timeless. And all of those feathers!”

For the Met Gala, Celine made a splash on the red carpet in a gold number inspired by the Ziegfeld Follies Broadway productions from the early 20th century.

Designed by Oscar de la Renta’s co-creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the ensemble was constructed from 18 panels, hand-beaded by 52 master embroiderers for over 3,000 hours and weighed approximately 22 pounds (10 kilograms).

In an Instagram post, a representative for the fashion house also shared just how much detail went into the item.

“@CelineDion’s 2019 #MetGala look features thousands of fringes that are created from gold micro cut beads. Each piece is stitched by hand to just the right length so they fall into an arc from the centre to the end of the sleeves,” they commented.

And as for her Noel Stewart-crafted feathered headpiece, Celine, 51, claimed that she could wear it for hours.

“I don’t want to take it off! I want to go to bed in it tonight,” she laughed during a chat with Vogue.

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Anna Wintour hoping to see ‘outrageous’ outfits at 2019 Met Gala

Anna Wintour is expecting to see many “outrageous” outfits and lots of feathers at the 2019 Met Gala.The annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City is to take place on Monday night (0…

Anna Wintour is expecting to see many “outrageous” outfits and lots of feathers at the 2019 Met Gala.

The annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City is to take place on Monday night (06May19), with this year’s theme revolving around the new exhibit, Camp: Notes on Fashion, based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour, who is the co-chair of the Met Gala, has remained tight-lipped about the forthcoming bash, but she did share in the latest instalment of her Go Ask Anna video series that she predicts guests will opt for over-the-top ensembles.

“I think this year’s exhibition, possibly more than any other, is about self-expression and individuality,” she commented. “What we are all most hoping to see is something that is outrageous, that is fun, tongue-in-cheek… so my guess is that we’re going to see a very large amount of feathers on the red carpet.”

Wintour went on to explain that she is looking forward to seeing what her co-chairs Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele will wear, but is especially excited to see Harry Styles’ take on the theme.

“He reminds me so much of a young Mick Jagger, so I think all of us, all of his fans certainly, which I count myself as one, are looking forward to something that is daring and fearless, colourful, different, and no doubt it will be Gucci,” the 69-year-old gushed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Wintour noted that one of the most elaborate outfits she has ever seen worn to the Met Gala was the look Sarah Jessica Parker sported to the Punk: Chaos to Couture event in 2013, and that she always enjoys seeing what fashion-forward garments Jaden Smith, Katy Perry, and Solange Knowles pull together.

“(Solange) is someone who supports young designers, so it is always great to see a celebrity not wearing a boldface name, someone who is able to have the spotlight thrust on them – which is fantastic. Katy Perry – she takes it to quite an extreme. My guess is that this year, the men are going to rule,” she added.

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Tess Holliday calls for greater diversity at 2019 Met Gala

Tess Holliday has called out organisers of the Met Gala for failing to represent plus-size bodies on their guest list in previous years.The model, who advocates for body confidence and positivity, took to Twitter on Monday (29Apr19) to beg those behind…

Tess Holliday has called out organisers of the Met Gala for failing to represent plus-size bodies on their guest list in previous years.

The model, who advocates for body confidence and positivity, took to Twitter on Monday (29Apr19) to beg those behind the 2019 event to invite more “fat folks and drag queens” to the annual fashion bash.

“As we approach the Met Gala, I’m just waiting for the day they invite some fat folks & drag queens bc (because) we would actually SHOW up (sic),” she began. “I get so bored seeing some celebs not take the inspo (inspiration) seriously, while sitting over here knowing me & my friends would slay the house down.”

The plus-size beauty went on to claim that style should transcend body shape and size and insisted that limited access to ready-to-wear clothing for fuller figures and drag performance has naturally increased their style and fashion instincts.

“Like, fat folks & queens have always had to be innovative with clothing bc (because) we had no choice,” the 33-year-old continued. “If it didn’t come in our size or meet our taste levels, we had to do that s**t ourselves.”

Tess then joked that she holds out little hope for an invite to the bash and quipped that she’ll “be over here waiting” alongside a GIF of the older version of Rose from James Cameron’s Titanic movie, with the caption “It’s been 84 years…”.

Despite exuding confidence, the star recently admitted in an essay she penned for InStyle magazine that she battled insecurities before starting work as a model and is now compelled to carry on in order to create a body of work that celebrates bodies of all sizes.

“I’m creating something that’s going to be around much longer than me, something that brings more visibility to the world so little kids and women feel represented,” she wrote.

The 2019 Met Gala will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City on 6 May (19).

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Karl Lagerfeld talks ‘delight’ of designing in last interview

Karl Lagerfeld spoke about the “delight” of designing in what would be one of his last interviews.The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 on 19 February (19) from complications of pancreatic ca…

Karl Lagerfeld spoke about the “delight” of designing in what would be one of his last interviews.

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 on 19 February (19) from complications of pancreatic cancer.

While the fashion world continues to mourn the iconic designer, Chanel has now published a podcast conversation recorded in December in which Lagerfeld spoke about his vocation.

“I hate the expression you have to deliver – I’m delighted to do,” he told interviewer Tyler Brule when asked about overseeing numerous collections each year and whether he designs with a specific person in mind. “I don’t do marketing. I have nothing against it, but it is not my job. My job is to propose a fantasy, whoever wants it, whoever likes it, whatever will be the use of it. But I’m not there saying to myself, ‘This is for this customer, this is for this kind of woman, this kind of man.’ No, it’s for all kind – it depends who likes it.”

The chat took place shortly before Chanel’s Metiers d’art show in New York in December, with the annual spectacle honouring the craftsmanship of the company’s artisan partners. The 2018/2019 spectacle took place outside of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur, which is now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Lagerfeld explaining that he was inspired by the sandstone temple and history when crafting the new collection. 

“It’s a collection with an inspiration from an old, disappeared culture but it has nothing to do with it. It’s not like a Hollywood movie about Egypt, it’s completely different. It’s the best today in terms of craftmanship, with inspiration from an unbelievable modernity from over 4,000 years ago. I think the old Egyptian art and what we see, what survived, is flawless in terms of style and taste. Bad taste came later!” the designer smiled.

Elsewhere in the conversation, Lagerfeld repeated his mantra, “Never compare, never compete,” and emphasised that he felt he was lucky to be able to partner with artisan craftspeople on garments at Chanel.

He also commented that he was often surprised by how often people ask him how he balances his work for three fashion houses in addition to his other projects.

“The whole thing together is very stimulating for me because I hate the idea of only doing one thing. One thing inspires another. If I would be isolated and kind of (in an) ivory tower at Chanel. I don’t think it would work,” he added.

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