After more than a year of virtual red carpets and digital-only award ceremonies, fashion’s biggest event of the year couldn’t have come returned soon enough. The Met Gala is renowned for being the ultimate sartorial spectacle, attracting the most famous celebrities and designers, and generating a litany of memes and viral social media posts thanks to an array of extravagant – and occasionally outrageous – outfits.
Given that last year’s event was cancelled and this year’s was postponed, anticipation for the Met Gala felt higher than ever before.
Hosted by Naomi Osaka, Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, and Amanda Gorman, the event was held to honour the annual exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which this year was about all things American fashion.
The exhibition is being presented in two parts: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and In America: An Anthology of Fashion, both of which have been curated by Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in charge of the Costume Institute.
The first half of the exhibition opens on 18 September and will look at how US fashion has changed in recent years in addition to how it has been influenced by politics and social justice. The second half will open in May 2022.