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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