The MET GALA Is Back... Twice?

Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2021 | 2:38 PM PST.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that the annual high-wattage celebration of both fashion and celebrity (canceled last year because of the pandemic) will return in person.

First in September, then again in 2022 in its usual slot of the first Monday in May. The galas, a "more intimate" version Sept. 13 of this year and a larger one on May 2, 2022, will launch a two-part exhibition, a survey of American fashion to be on view for almost a year.

According to the Museum of Art, Part one in the Anna Wintour Costume Center will explore a modern vocabulary of American style emphasizing the expressive qualities of dress and deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The galleries will feature a fictional American home constructed of transparent walls that intersect and overlap, blurring the boundaries of the rooms.

Examples of twentieth- and twenty-first-century fashion will populate the interiors, reflecting the customs and behaviors of the imagined occupants. Designs by pioneers of American sportswear will be displayed alongside works by a diverse group of contemporary designers to illustrate a shifting emphasis in American fashion defined by feelings of fear, delight, comfort, anxiety, well-being, loneliness, happiness, belonging, and responsibility, among other qualities.

Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion—opening in the American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022—will present narratives that explore the development of American fashion as they relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces. Parts one and two will close on September 5, 2022.

A catalogue showing both installations will be published in May 2022.

For those who don't know about the star studded event, the Met Gala is is a massive fundraising event that celebrates the opening of a new fashion exhibition each year at the Metropolitan Museum. Founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the annual benefit was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York's high society. Each year a different dress code is chosen as the theme of the evening to tie in with the exhibition opening. Previous themes have included 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' and 'China: Through the Looking Glass'.

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