The Return of the Met Gala

Priscilla Febus
Trending Writer

Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala, wearing a Guo Pei gown. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Get ready to roll out the red carpet once again for A-listers and designers alike to express their creativity. After a year of virtual events and cancellations of annual traditions, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that there are two upcoming Met Gala events in the works. The first event will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Costume Institute and will be on September 13 of this year. Typically, the Met Gala is famously held on the first Monday of May, but this tradition will be quickly reverted in 2022.

In Monday’s press release, the Met explained that the annual gala serves as the Institute’s “primary source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, operations, and capital improvements.” $15 million was raised for the Institute in 2019, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the event was canceled in 2020 resulting in a major loss of annual funding. Since President Biden made a recent announcement that most Americans should be vaccinated by May, it became more likely for the Institute to plan the event for September instead. This way, the Institute will not have to miss out on two consecutive years of funding. The price of one Met Gala ticket ranges from $35,000 to $50,000 – a fair price tag given that the event costs around $3.5 million to pull off.

So, what is the theme for this year’s Met Gala? Past themes have been “Camp: Notes on Fashion, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion And The Catholic Imagination” and “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology;” but this year the theme will be a two-part series, the first being in September and the second in May of 2022. The theme is centered around celebrating American fashion, with the first event focusing on “A Lexicon of Fashion” and the second inspired by “An Anthology of Fashion” in America.

It is going to be exciting to see who will be the most creative with this year’s theme. While there is still no information on the hosts and attendees, the long-awaited fashion event of the year will be one for the fashion-obsessed to look out for.


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