Following the success of the 2019 Met Gala exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion‘, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is dusting off the red carpet ahead of its next show. And, from the sounds of it, it’s going to be even more diamond-encrusted, celebrity-filled, and serving more hair spins and gasping for air moments than a RuPaul Drag Race season finale. But can the theme really top Rihanna‘s 2015 pizza-like yellow fur-trimmed gown designed by Guo Pei? Or Ariana Grande‘s 2018 Vera Wang dress depicting scenes from Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgment’? Or even Lady Gaga‘s not one, not two, not even three but four different Brandon Maxwell outfits at 2019‘s?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Met Gala 2020:
Will Coronavirus (Covid-19) halt the 2020 Met Gala?
Despite a statement in early March from chief external relations officer of the Costume Institute Nancy Chilton proclaiming: ‘We are proceeding as planned and look forward to a wonderful evening’, Coronavirus’ Pandemic status may have thrown a spanner in that plan.
As of 13 March, the Met Museum is putting events after 3 April ‘under review’ after closing all three of the Met locations: the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer, and the Met Cloisters.
‘The Museum will undertake a thorough cleaning and plans to announce next steps early next week,’ a statement from the museum read.
‘Right now all museum events are cancelled through April 3. Given the uncertain public health environment, we will review on a rolling basis which museum events beyond April 3 will be cancelled or postponed. We are hoping for the best, but public health and safety are our first priorities.’ Chilton reiterated in a following statement.
Considering the Gala provides annual funding for the Costume Institute, it is certain the event will only be delayed, and not cancelled all together.
What is the Met Gala 2020 theme?
Following on from this year’s Met Gala exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion‘, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has finally announced its new focus of inspiration for the Costume Institute for 2020: ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration‘. So you can expect lots of experimental shapes and subversive styling.
Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute said of the theme and accompanying exhibition, which will trace a century and a half of fashion history from its archive, marking the Met’s 150th anniversary this year.
‘Fashion is indelibly connected to time,’ Bolton explained of the theme. ‘It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times, serving as an especially sensitive and accurate timepiece. Through a series of chronologies, the exhibition will use the concept of duration to analyse the temporal twists and turns of fashion history.’
He detailed it was inspired by philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of ‘la durée’ (the continuity of time) alongside the 1992 film adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando, starring Tilda Swinton.
‘There’s a wonderful scene,’ he explained, ‘in which Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th century woman’s robe à la Francaise, and as she runs through it her clothes change to mid-19th century dress, and she re-emerges in 1850s England. That’s where the original idea came from.’
Max Hollein, director of the Met, elaborated on the concept in a press release: ‘This exhibition will consider the ephemeral nature of fashion, employing flashbacks and fast-forwards to reveal how it can be both linear and cyclical.’
Who are the Met Gala co-chairs?
The co-chairs for the Met Gala 2020 will be Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour.
What is the Met Gala?
Also known as the Costume Institute Gala, the Met Gala 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. Nowadays, it’s the hottest ticket in town with everyone from Blake Lively to Lady Gaga clamouring to be invited.
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’.
When is the Met Gala 2020?
As per the name of the now-legendary documentary, ‘First Monday In May’, the Met Gala is, you guessed it, on the first Monday in May each year. For 2020, that means we’ll be falling into an Instagram hole of outrageous red carpet outfits on Monday 4th May.
Though, as previously mentioned, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event may well be postponed to a later date.
What time is the Met Gala?
If you’re stateside in New York then you can view the proceedings from 7pm. If, like us, you’re in the UK, then it’ll be late night internet trawling from midnight onwards.
Can you watch the Met Gala on TV?
Alas, the Met Gala isn’t televised with celebrities heading down the red carpet before doing a pre-opening tour of the exhibition and sitting down to a star-studded dinner. However, Instagram stalking is totally possible.
Where is the Met Gala?
The clue is in the name, with the ‘Met’ part of the ‘Met Gala’ referring to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Each year the museum presents a new fashion exhibition with the Gala marking the opening.
Which designers will be featured in the Met Gala exhibition?
Just a handful of the designers that will be featured at the exhibition include: Alaïa. Vionnet, Poiret, Galliano, Chanel, Patou, Rei Kawakubo, Georgina Godley and Alexander McQueen.
How much is a ticket to the Met Gala?
In short – not cheap. Last year’s tickets were sold for a whopping $30,000 (approx £23,000) each with entire tables going for £275,000 (approx £213,000). However, it’s all for a good cause with the money raised being donated to the Costume Institute. As the only department of the Met Museum that has to fund itself, the donations are sorely needed.
In 2018, just over $12 million was raised – a healthy chunk for the fashion department.
What do we think of the theme?
‘While curator Andrew Bolton credits Orlando as inspiration for the theme,’ ELLE UK’s Fashion Features Editor Sara McAlpine said of the exciting new theme, ‘There is an explicit link to the fashion calendar itself – one that confuses even the most seasoned designers and editors.
‘We have to Google Pre-Fall and Resort to make sure we’ve got them the right way around, and the number of brands operating with a “see now, buy now” model, showing alongside those who don’t, changes seasonally.
‘There’s also the merging of womenswear and menswear, typically shown during different months – oh, and those changing their minds again (like Versace and Gucci, both recently deciding to abandon ‘co-ed’, mixing men’s and women’s – in favour of just men, and just women).
‘Time is nothing if not topical – and we don’t mean ticking clocks. 2018 and 2019 have been marked by the Times Up Movement, the anti-harassment and equality campaign spear-headed by a number of A-list celebs (Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Natalie Portman… and pretty much everyone who walked 2018’s Oscar’s red carpet).
‘Let’s not forget politics too, with the delayed Brexit, delayed again – and again – and those keenly watching the clock in the US in the run-up to 2020’s presidential election.
‘But maybe the seed was also planted by Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, who was the subject of 2017’s Met gala. She has been designing costumes for the The Vienna State Opera’s reimagining of Orlando, opening next month. And referencing it in her past two shows…’
This article originally appeared on ELLE UK.