The 2020 Met Gala was originally scheduled to take place on May 4, and had been indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. But on May 19, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that its annual Costume Institute exhibition has been officially cancelled for the year.
The 2020 Met Gala was intended to be titled “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” a style tie-in with the museum’s 150th-anniversary exhibit of the same name, intended to debut this October. This year’s event had been set to be sponsored by the fashion house Louis Vuitton, and hosted by co-chairs Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and Anna Wintour.
“The Met has endured much in its 150 years and today continues as a beacon of hope for the future,” said museum president Daniel H. Weiss in a statement, via Vogue. “This museum is also a profound reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to offer comfort, inspiration, and community. As we endure these challenging and uncertain times, we are encouraged by looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all to enjoy the Met’s collection and exhibitions.”
While this is certainly a disappointing update for fashion crowds and fans who enjoy watching the star-studded red carpet spectacle, it is certainly an understandable decision to hold off on organizing this large gathering in the midst of a pandemic.
But while the party is called off, it seems that the beautiful “About Time: Fashion and Duration” exhibit is still to go on as planned, in whatever way it can. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has also announced its intention to soft-open its doors to visitors beginning around August, or when it is determined safe.— Kristine Hope Kowalski