Met Gala is today: How to watch celebs arrive for ‘fashion’s biggest night’

Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish is one in all a handful of younger high-profile celebs co-chairing this yr’s Met Gala. 


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The Met Gala is upon us once more, after the pandemic canceled final yr’s occasion. As an alternative of an occasion in Might, when the gala often takes place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, there will be an “intimate gala” Monday to kick off a two-part exhibit by the Met’s Costume Institute. The exhibit will contact on sociopolitical subjects together with physique inclusivity and gender fluidity, in accordance with organizers.

You can watch a livestream of the occasion and see a few of the world’s greatest celebrities arrive on the steps of the Met of their eye-catching ensembles. This is every little thing to learn about the way to catch the motion, and the way “style’s greatest evening out” is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is a fundraising occasion for the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork’s Costume Institute. It is organized by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and sometimes is timed to coincide with the opening of the museum’s annual style exhibition. Many high Hollywood stars, style moguls and creatives flock to the occasion every year, which kicks off with a high-profile crimson carpet arrival. Previous Met Galas have given us iconic appears to be like like Princess Diana’s 1996 navy Dior slip costume and Rihanna’s 2015 Guo Pei yellow robe with a large prepare.

Every year, attendees base their outfits on the exhibit’s theme. In 2019, as an illustration, the Met Gala theme was “Camp: Notes on Vogue,” which surrounded the concept of “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” Vogue reported. Visitors wearing every little thing from a chandelier to feathers and wings. In 2018, the theme was “Heavenly Our bodies: Vogue and the Catholic Creativeness.” Invitees donned veils, capes and even nativity scene headpieces. Evidently, the themes are very a lot open to interpretation. 

When will this yr’s occasion happen and who’s chairing it?

With the coronavirus pandemic nonetheless disrupting on a regular basis life and main occasions alike, the Met Gala will look completely different this yr. (The occasion was referred to as off final yr.) 

The Costume Institute’s two-part exhibit kicks off with “In America: A Lexicon of Vogue,” opening Sept. 18 on the Anna Wintour Costume Middle on the Met. This exhibit will likely be laid out like a house, in accordance with Vogue, with rooms named to mirror our connections with style, equivalent to “Properly-Being” for the kitchen galleries and “Aspiration” for the workplace. Themes like pleasure, revolt and nostalgia will likely be integrated into every room. The porch, as an illustration, will mirror heat and have coats from designers like André Walker. The backyard will signify pleasure and have the Oscar de la Renta floral costume Taylor Swift wore to this yr’s Grammys.

A gala marking the exhibit’s opening will occur Sept. 13. It will be co-chaired by Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka and Timothée Chalamet. Wintour, designer Tom Ford and Instagram head Adam Mosseri will function honorary chairs. Although a smaller affair, you may nonetheless anticipate to catch some epic ensembles (Eilish, for one, is no stranger to creating a style assertion). However, Vogue says, “as a consequence of pandemic tips, the celebrity-studded crimson carpet will likely be a smaller affair than standard.”

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Poet Amanda Gorman made fairly an impression when she spoke at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 2021. 


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Half two of the exhibit, referred to as “In America: An Anthology of Vogue,” opens Might 5, 2022. This’ll give attention to style inclusivity and can happen within the interval rooms of the museum’s American Wing. Every room will embody cinematic scenes by American movie administrators that painting a distinct historical past of American style. 

“Key themes will embody the emergence of an identifiable American fashion and the rise of the named designer with a person aesthetic imaginative and prescient,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Cost of the Costume Institute, instructed Vogue.

There will be a second Met Gala on Might 2, 2022, to rejoice the opening of the second a part of the exhibit.

How can I watch?

Vogue is internet hosting a livestream of the occasion, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 13. It will be hosted by actor and recording artist Keke Palmer and actor, author and director Ilana Glazer. The 2 will interview friends as they arrive on the gala’s crimson carpet. You possibly can catch the livestream right here, or by going to Vogue’s Twitter account

What’ll be the theme of the gala?

Along with celebrating American designers, the gala’s theme will honor the cultural, political and social occasions which have occurred in the course of the pandemic.

“I feel that the emphasis on acutely aware creativity was actually consolidated in the course of the pandemic and the social justice actions,” Bolton instructed Vogue. “And I have been actually impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political local weather, significantly round problems with physique inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I am simply discovering their work very, very self-reflective. I actually do consider that American style is present process a Renaissance.”

Over the previous a number of years, designers like Kerby Jean-Raymond, Angela Luna and Victoria Beckham have raised consciousness for points like Black Lives Matter, the refugee disaster and AIDS on their runways. Following the police killing of George Floyd final yr in Minneapolis, Marc Jacobs shared a sequence of Instagram posts denouncing racism and supporting Black Lives Matter. In the meantime, Black designers like Aurora James have promoted assist for Black-owned manufacturers

That is all happening as extra individuals name for change within the style trade, which they are saying has lengthy failed to deal with racism. Final yr, Beverly Johnson, the primary Black mannequin to be on the quilt of Vogue in 1974, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Put up slamming each the style trade and the journal, writing, “my race restricted me to considerably decrease compensation than my white friends,” and that “the trade was sluggish to incorporate different black individuals in different features of the style and sweetness trade.” This got here shortly after Wintour reportedly wrote an e mail to Vogue employees acknowledging the journal hasn’t adequately supported Black staffers and has featured photographs or tales that had been “hurtful or illiberal.”

What is the costume code?

Gala friends have been requested to decorate to the theme of American Independence. As Vogue put it: “After an isolating and difficult yr, we’re celebrating a newfound sense of freedom: to collect, to journey, and to get completely dressed to the nines-or higher but, into the double digits.” 

It is anybody’s guess how attendees and designers will interpret this costume code. However, Vogue notes, “We’re anticipating a crimson carpet crammed with anything-goes robes and a splash of one thing star-spangled.”

Who often exhibits as much as the Met Gala?

Among the world’s high celebrities have graced the Met’s crimson carpet, together with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Jared Leto, Woman Gaga, and Harry Kinds. Vogue says round 600 individuals attend the occasion every year.

Lady Gaga at the Met Gala in a pink dress

Woman Gaga at all times makes a press release on the Met’s crimson carpet.


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The artistic, extravagant and generally outrageous ensembles donned by these celebrities are broadly dissected on social media and by numerous publications. Outfits like Ezra Miller’s 2019 Met Gala look, wherein he carried a face masks on a stick and had his personal face painted with 5 optical-illusion eyeballs subsequent to his actual eyes, are inclined to make headlines and change into a degree of dialog for followers and critics alike within the days — and generally years — to come back. 

How a lot does it value to go?

In case you’re an invited visitor, you do not have to pay something to attend. In case you rating an opportunity to purchase tickets, get able to fork over round $30,000, plus one other $275,000 for tables, in accordance with Vogue. Pocket change, actually.

What’s on the menu?

This yr, the Met Gala menu will likely be absolutely plant-based. Ten New York cooks from numerous backgrounds will provide up recipes representing their tackle American delicacies.   

“We thought it was vital to essentially speak about what’s current, what’s happening–how meals is altering in America,” chef Marcus Samuelsson instructed Bon Appétit. “We wish to be the way forward for American meals, of plant-based meals. That dialog is occurring now.”

What occurred to the Met Gala final yr?

With rising considerations over the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Met Gala was postponed indefinitely on March 16. This got here a couple of days after the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork mentioned it might briefly shut to assist curb the unfold of the virus. In Might, the museum introduced that yr’s gala was formally cancelled

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