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Met Gala 2021 – everything about the most spectacular fashion event in the world

The Met Gala is the most spectacular fashion event in the world. In 2020 it had to be cancelled because of Corona, in 2021 it is to take place again, but in a slimmed-down version. Who is on the guest list, what will be this year’s theme and where will it all take place? Tikbow answers the most important questions.

Lady Gaga with multiple costüm change on the red carpet, Rihanna in the "fried egg look", Billy Porter, who is bedded by young men on a stretcher past the paparazzi – no other fashion event in the world is so pompös, so extravagant as the annual Met Gala. High-profile celebrities and the "crème de la crème" of the fashion world shake hands here. The outfits are planned months in advance and make headlines for weeks. In 2021, the Met Gala will now take place again – but in a different form than usual.

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Ball is a fundraising gala hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costümin Institute, held annually on the first Monday in May in New York City. The event is considered the Oscars of fashion: never are the outfits more pompous, the red carpet appearances more extravagant. Estimated at several million dollars, the proceeds from the festival make up the annual budget of the institute, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year and is now named after Wintour. The gala always has a special theme, linked to the institute’s fashion exhibitions, according to which the guests dress. In previous years, for example, this was "Camp: Notes on Fashion" (2019), "Heavenly Bodies" (2018) or "Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology" (2016).

Met Gala 2018
Katy Perry and Rihanna 2018 at the Met Gala with the theme "Heavenly Bodies"Photo: Getty Images

What will the event look like this year?

This year and last, the star-studded party fell through because of the pandemic. Instead of the usual May date, this year’s Met Gala will now be held on September 13 on a smaller scale. As always, the venue will be the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York City. Supreme hostess is once again Anna Wintour, head of the US fashion magazine "Vogue".

To ensure that the Met Gala 2021 can take place, strict corona rules apply at the event. Only those who have been vaccinated are allowed to attend, and there is a strict mask requirement on the red carpet and in the museum. Masks may only be removed at the dinner table. And this year is also special! Because the stars will be served for the first time a completely vegan menu.

What is the theme of the 2021 Met Gala?

In addition to the gala, the anniversary will be celebrated with two exhibitions on the history of American fashion. In America: A Lexicon of Fashion is scheduled to open in September, and In America: An Anthology of Fashion in May 2022, both of which will be on view until September 2022. The gala’s motto is therefore American Independence, and it remains to be seen how American independence will be interpreted in terms of fashion by the individual guests. But with many dresses of American designers – and certainly one or the other "Stars and Stripes"-Look.

Who will be on the Met Gala 2021 guest list?

650 selected guests are usually allowed to attend the event. However, due to Corona restrictions, the number of attendees this year is limited to 400, writes "Page Six." And since Instagram and Facebook are likely to be the main sponsors of the Met Gala in 2021, it is rumored that instead of Hollywood stars, mainly influencers will come to the prestigious event. For example, social media star Addison Ray, who is followed by over 82.5 million people on TikTok, and YouTuber Emma Chamberlain, who has over 10 million followers. In general, it is full young talents who are expected to grace the red carpet this year. Co-hosts of the event will be actor Timothée Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis pro Naomi Osaka, as reported by "Vogue".

But of course Met veterans like Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian will also show up – they are expected to be on the guest list like every year. However, it will be more difficult for celebrities and designers who do not live in the USA. It will be difficult for European creatives and artists to enter the country due to the USA’s strict Covid guidelines. In addition, the late September date of the Met Gala 2021 clashes with the start of London Fashion Week.