The 2021 Met Gala is dedicated to celebrity power and American fashion

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The power of the stars is back. When the Met Gala returns in September, it will feature a contingent of famous co-chairs: actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka.

The evening’s honorary chairs will be designer Tom Ford, Instagram sponsor Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour of Vogue.

The museum made the announcement Monday on the traditional day of the Met Gala, the first Monday in May. These plans, of course, have been turned upside down by the pandemic. The September 13 gala will be more intimate, followed by a larger one on May 2, 2022. Both will launch a two-part exhibition, a survey of American fashion to be seen for nearly a year.

“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” which opens Sept. 18, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the museum’s Costume Institute and “explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,” the museum said. The second part, “In America: A Fashion Anthology,” will open in the popular period rooms of the museum’s American wing on May 5, 2022, and explore American fashion, with collaborations with directors, by “presenting narratives linked to the complexity and layered histories of these spaces. Both parties will close on September 5, 2022.

Filmmaker Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”) was commissioned to create an open film to be shown in galleries, the content of which changes during the exhibition.

The gala, which was canceled last year, is a major fundraiser, providing the Costume Institute with its main source of funding.

As always, the exhibits will be the work of star curator Andrew Bolton. In a video preview Monday, Bolton noted how difficult the past year has been for the fashion community.

“It has been incredibly inspiring to see how designers have responded to the current challenges of the pandemic, how they have found new outlets to express their creativity and new ways of presenting their collections,” he said.

Bolton added that many designers have been at the forefront of the discussion on diversity and inclusion: “The social justice movements of the past summer have strengthened their commitment to these issues and also consolidated their leadership. to move the conversation forward. “

In addition to Matsoukas, other established film collaborators include cinematographer Bradford Young, whose projects have included “Selma” and “When They See Us”; decorators Nathan Crowley and Shane Valentino; and Franklin Leonard, director and founder of The Black List, a list of best non-produced screenplays.


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