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Unlike the 365-day calendar most people use, the fashion year starts every February, ends in September, and includes the Met Gala: also known as Fashion Oscar Night, which usually falls on the first Monday in May. After a year of hiatus due to the pandemic, the event returns on the second Monday in September 2021 as an even more exclusive affair than before.

The red carpet starts at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening, September 13th. Follow us because we will post all the notable looks on our page, as well as on Twitter and Instagram. See E! starts at 5 p.m. with pre-show reporting and the live stream

The Met Gala is a nickname for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. It is essentially an opening party and fundraiser for an annual fashion exhibition sponsored by the Costume Institute, the museum’s fashion division, and the Met’s only curatorial division self-finance, is curated.

Every year there is a “theme” for the clothes in the museum exhibition, which is also the dress code for the party. In 2019, the dress code was “Camp”, inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp”. Other topics revolved around people like Alexander McQueen and Rei Kawakubo, or styles like punk and “Sunday Best” for an exhibition about catholic clothing.

From the left: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West at the 2013 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy / 2013 Getty ImagesPrincess Diana at the 1996 Met Gala. Photo: New York Daily News / NY Daily News via Getty Images

From the left: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West at the 2013 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy / 2013 Getty ImagesPrincess Diana at the 1996 Met Gala. more
From the left: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West at the 2013 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy / 2013 Getty ImagesPrincess Diana at the 1996 Met Gala. Photo: New York Daily News / NY Daily News via Getty Images

This year the theme is “American Independence”. The exhibition is presented in two parts. The first, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opens on September 18 (a few days after the party … because someone has to clean up) at the Anna Wintour Costume Center to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Costume Institute. Part one of the exhibition is inspired by a patchwork quilt in which around 100 individual looks are framed and arranged as squares. On display are pieces by designers such as Christopher John Rogers, Eckhaus Latta, Telfar, Imitation of Christ and No Sesso.

The second part, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”, will open on May 5, 2022 and the museum’s team of curators will work with well-known American film directors to create cinematic vignettes showing fashion from the 18th century to the present day.

Both shows run until September 5, 2022.

The exhibition aims to present different perspectives on how fashion reflects the country’s evolving ideas of identity. “When we look at the past through this lens, we can see the aesthetic and cultural influence of fashion on historical aspects of American life,” said Max Hollein, French director of Marina Kellen’s Met.

Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu’s curator in charge of the Costume Institute, added that the connections with what we wear have become more emotional over the past year due to the pandemic.

From the left: Lupita Nyong’o at the 2017 Met Gala. Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty ImagesCardi B at the 2018 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

From the left: Lupita Nyong’o at the 2017 Met Gala. Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty ImagesCardi B at the 2018 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Image … more
From the left: Lupita Nyong’o at the 2017 Met Gala. Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty ImagesCardi B at the 2018 Met Gala. Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

Who Anna Wintour wants. This year, Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka will chair and help moderate the affair, while Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri from Instagram (Instagram sponsors this year’s event and exhibition) and Anna Wintour serve are called honorary chairmen. Rihanna recently announced she’s hosting this year’s Met Gala after party, so there’s a good chance she’ll be there. Wintour reportedly had a Kardashian boycott for a long time. Now Kim, Kanye, Kendall and Kylie are pretty much the Met Gala staples.

Both the 2020 and 2021 galas have been postponed. While the 2020 exhibition “About Time: Fashion and Duration” was taking place, there was no soiree on the red carpet. Now the celebration is back, albeit in a more intimate way, and the Met is enforcing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate and for guests to wear masks while not eating.

Tickets were priced at $ 50 each in 1948 when publicist Eleanor Lambert came up with the idea of ​​hosting a big fundraiser for the Costume Institute. In 2019, tickets reportedly cost around $ 35,000 per person. The number of people attending generally ranges from 500 to 600. Brands and companies like Apple buy tables for $ 200,000 to $ 300,000 and invite guests, and Wintour has the final say. Some museum guests can enter for free, but the goal is to sell as many seats and tables as possible. Both the 2018 and 2019 Met Galas raised over $ 13 million, according to a museum representative.

Well it’s a lot of money and a lot of celebrities. Even if you can afford a $ 35,000 ticket, you need to be approved by Wintour and put at a table by Vogue. The seating plan is usually drawn up in December, a full five months in advance. They take into account where people and their exes are sitting, who can see whom, and place each one individually.

From a fashion standpoint, it gives designers the opportunity to work closely with celebrities on outfits, and people are generally encouraged to dress in Capital F-fashion instead of playing it safe. This has resulted in some unusual dresses, the most famous of which is probably Rihanna’s “omelette dress” at the 2015 gala: exquisite, unexpected, true to itself and the theme. The “Camp” theme of 2019 spawned dramatic outfits and appearances: In exaggerated fashion, Lady Gaga had not one, not two, but three outfit changes on the red carpet, while Billy Porter’s preferred accessory was six shirtless men for him to wear. But not everyone has to wear the boldest outfit to get noticed – Gentlewoman editor Penny Jane Martin wore a well-received nun-like outfit at the 2018 Met Gala. The worst outfits are boring or off-topic. It really is a case of “go big or go home”.

From the left: Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala. Photo: Mike Coppola / Getty ImagesJaden Smith at the 2017 Met Gala. Photo: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

From above: Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala. Photo: Mike Coppola / Getty ImagesJaden Smith at the 2017 Met Gala. Photo: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

As the night revolves around the fashion exhibition, guests arrive on the red carpet and first explore the gallery before dinner. Then there are performances by big acts. Katy Perry and Madonna performed at the Catholicism-themed gala (can you guess which song Madonna was singing?). Sometimes cultural touchstones occurred during or after the Met Gala, such as Solange and Jay-Z’s elevator fight or Donald Trump’s proposal to Melania.

Vogue’s story with the Met Gala actually begins with Wintour’s predecessor Diana Vreeland, who became a consultant to the Costume Institute after leaving the magazine in 1972. Vreeland decided it needed a theme and a lot of celebrity attendees, not just fashion industry and celebrities. But Wintour took things to the next level after becoming co-chair in 1995 and making it a red carpet event that can rival the Oscars. So much money was raised that the Costume Institute wing bears her name (Forbes reported that the gala raised eight-figure sums across the board).

The partnership is practical. Since press photographers generally have no access to the event and social media is prohibited within the event, Vogue has exclusive access to photos from the actual party. That’s what people care about because it’s celebrities who are celebrities in very fancy outfits.

The only thing you can expect at the Met Gala is always to expect the unexpected. Maybe someone literally shows up in a star-and-stripe look, but another might opt ​​for a dress from an American designer.

Amy Schumer once said the people there were “dressed up like a bunch of fucking assholes.” She’s not the only one who doesn’t like the Met Gala. Tina Fey called it a “jerk parade” and Gwyneth Paltrow said she “didn’t enjoy it at all” (but went back for another year). Oh, and Zayn Malik would rather be at home.

From the left: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen at the 2015 Met Gala Photo: Andrew H. Walker / 2015 Getty ImagesBella Hadid at the 2017 Met Gala Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

From the left: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen at the 2015 Met Gala Photo: Andrew H. Walker / 2015 Getty ImagesBella Hadid at the 2017 Met Gala Photo: Dimitrios … more
From the left: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen at the 2015 Met Gala Photo: Andrew H. Walker / 2015 Getty ImagesBella Hadid at the 2017 Met Gala Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

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