As part of the Met's 2018 theme, 'Heavenly Bodies', Blake Lively wore this bejewelled Versace gown | Source: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

The Return of Fashion’s Biggest Night Out: The Met Gala 2021

Known as fashion’s Super Bowl, the Met Gala is the industry’s biggest and most anticipated annual event. In fundraising for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, high profile musicians, actors, designers and other creatives celebrate the Costume Institute’s new exhibition the only way they know how; with an over the top party. In short, the Met Gala is the world stage for the elite and the fashion designers who dress them.

And despite last year’s cancellation, the Met is back on everyone’s calendar – so get prepared for a long-overdue night of fashion.

A new date

When Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour took over as chairperson of fashion’s biggest night out in 1995, she set the Met’s date as the first Monday in May. However, due to COVID, for the first time in 25 years, the 2020 Met was abandoned until it was postponed to its new date: September 13, 2021.

But fashion lovers will be compensated for their patience. This time around, the Met will bring an exhibition in two parts, with the first instalment set on September 13 and the second to come next year.

The theme

As for the Met’s theme, it’s all things American fashion. Broken into the two instalments, the co-hosts of the 2021 Met will herald in part one of the themes titled ‘American: A Lexicon of Fashion’. Part two, ‘An Anthology of Fashion’ is set to open on May 5 2022.

I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance. I think young designers in particular are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.

Andrew Bolton, the Head Curator of the Costume Institute, told Vogue.

The previous Met Gala theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ which saw celebrities don outrageous and bold attire, including the Jenner sister’s feather-covered gowns and most unforgettably Jared Leto’s own replica head.

A fresh panel

As for the co-hosts, the Met has selected the young and famous faces of Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and American activist and poet, Amanda Gorman to grace the panel.

Alongside Tom Ford and the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, queen of fashion Anna Wintour will remain as the event’s honorary chair.

A changing guest list

Another aspect of the event that has reportedly undergone some changes is the guest list. While spectators can expect the usual A-list celebrities and top names in fashion to hit the red carpet, we can also expect to see a few unfamiliar Met attendees, including Tik Tok star, Addison Rae and YouTuber, Emma Chamberlain.

With tables dedicated to Facebook and Instagram, it’s likely that a few other high profile influencers will also be in attendance, much to some Met gala fanatics’ dismay. With rumours circling around table charts seating internet personalities like James Charles next to A-list celebrities like The Weeknd, one thing we know for sure is that this Met gala is certainly one to watch.

Ticket price and banned celebs

According to Business Insider, a ticket to the Met carries a serious price tag. With tables starting at reportedly more than A$271,000 individual tickets are priced at around A$47,500. Of course, that doesn’t mean anyone with the cash can secure a ticket to this incredibly exclusive event. In fact, some celebrities have been banned from the event altogether, including Project Runway host Tim Gunn and famous stylist Rachel Zoe as a result of bad blood between themselves and Met gala gatekeeper, Anna Wintour.

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