In short, yes! We are glad to announce that after taking a hiatus for the pandemic that the Met Gala will be returning this year, both with a new theme and new date. In 2020, we were not only dealing with the Coronavirus, but also the virus of racism. Police reform has been a huge issue that is finally being addressed, however, although Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict was a glimmer of hope in the eye of social justice there is still work to be done for black people to have a seat at the table of equality.
I do enjoy being in the fashion industry, however, I have been subjected to racism, but when it comes to events that have the most diverse red carpets it has always been the Met Gala. As a teenager I aspired to be one of the people of color on the red carpet! It was almost like a dream – the Superbowl of red carpets!
The event that usually takes place on the first Monday in May, will now be taking place in September – depending on government regulations of course. Although, this year has been rescheduled for the 13th of September, in 2022 it will resume its normal schedule of the first Monday in May. The theme for the gala is American fashion – the actual exhibit opens on September 18th and it will be named ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ -which will focus on establishing modern American fashion, while celebrating the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary.
Andrew Bolton was interviewed by Harper’s Bazaar -“Over the past year, because of the pandemic, the connections to our homes have become more emotional, as have those to our clothes,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, said of the exhibition. “For American fashion, this has meant an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality.”
“Responding to this shift, part one of the exhibition will establish a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on the expressive qualities of clothing as well as deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Part two will further investigate the evolving language of American fashion through a series of collaborations with American film directors who will visualise the unfinished stories inherent in The Met’s period rooms.”
Are you excited that the Met Gala is happening this year?!