In the wake of the Covid-19 virus, many high profile events have been postponed or canceled for the safety of participants and attendees. Music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach have been postponed, the NCAA march madness tournament was canceled, and The Vatican even canceled its annual Easter celebration. In the fashion community, many designers opted to stream their fall/winter fashion week shows digitally.
The newest announcement pertains to “fashion’s biggest night out”, the Met Gala, has been postponed indefinitely. In an online statement, published by Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, she addresses the outbreak, its implications for the met gala, and her political opinions as it relates to this worldwide pandemic.
“Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled,” Wintour wrote.
The Exhibit, About Time, will instead be previewed in a may spread of Vogue. The theme announced in November of 2019, addresses fashion’s history. It presents an archive of a century and a half of fashion that is “fragmented” and “discontinuous”, Andrew Bolton, the Head Curator for the Costume Institute told Vogue.
Annually, attendees embrace the theme in their own high-fashion, avant-garde looks. In that realm, it appears we will have to wait for now.
To tide you over, check out our favorite met gala looks from previous years here.