We know, we have missed Met Gala’s ball 2020 due to COVID, but 2021 has a surprise for us.
Rumor had it that Met Gala would return in autumn but today it was made official. Its organizers, Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton (of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) announced officially the return of the favorite event. But it won’t be the regular kind. This time it will be in two separate exhibitions. In other words, there will be two separate Met Galas so that means two different themes!
The first one will be held on September 18th and its title will be In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. This exhibition will explore the “modern vocabulary of American fashion. According to Dazed, we should imagine something like Kerby Jean-Raymond, Eckhaus Latta, and Collina Strada.
The second exhibition will be titled In America: An Anthology of Fashion; it will open on May 2nd, 2022, and it will look back to America’s sartorial past, for example, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, and Carolina Herrera.
> The flashes of the cameras already illuminated the car. I couldn’t help but smile at the outfits #MetGala2019 certainly was making it the best show ever. Hearing the doors unlock I took a deep breath knowing it was me next. pic.twitter.com/59xLII2yiR
— Neve Locke (@NeveLocke) May 28, 2019
However, the dress code of both the exhibitions has not been formally announced yet, but taking it from the titles we imagine them being all-American-ish. It is time for America to shine again under Biden. So it is safe to think stars, and stripes, blue, white, and red colors, varsity jackets, and trucker hats. We shall see.
— margaux ✿ (@MIUMIUMESS) May 4, 2020
Rihanna will never not understand the Met Gala theme pic.twitter.com/dpko2RJcPw
— Kea (@jacquemusx) April 7, 2021
Analyzing the themes beyond fashion, having all American themes is pretty reasonable. Given the pandemic’s limitations on travel and loan, 80 percent of clothes will come from the Met’s vaults. Bolton says and we quote “We very consciously wanted this to be a celebration of the American fashion community, which suffered so much during the pandemic. I think American fashion is undergoing a renaissance, with young American designers at the vanguard of discussions around diversity, inclusion, sustainability, and conscious creativity” and he continues “I find it incredibly exciting”. We too, Bolton, we too!
Words by Vasiliki Roussou