Philippine Daily Inquirer



After a remarkably dresseddow­n year, New York’s premiere Met Gala is back—and not one but two shows celebratin­g American fashion are in the works.

The Metropolit­an Museum of Art on Monday announced the annual sartorial exhibit would happen in two parts, with the first show titled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” opening Sept. 18 to celebrate The Costume Institute’s 75th anniversar­y.

The second exhibit—”In America: An Anthology of Fashion”—will kick off May 5, 2022. Both will run until Sept. 5 of that year.

And with two shows come two parties.

The Met and Costume Institute Benefit trustee Anna Wintour, the longtime editor in chief of Vogue, postponed 2020’s normally star-studded bash over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new schedule banks on the notion that restrictio­ns will ease as more Americans get vaccinated—more than 56 million in the United States are fully immunized—and that the glitterati will be hungry for a renewed social scene.

Part one’s opening in September will close Fashion Week, which could mark a runway homecoming for many designers forced online.

The Met said that fall “benefit” on Sept. 13 would be a more intimate affair, while the 2022 gala on May 2 could see a return to the over-the-top looks that feature when celebrity and fashion collide.

Instagram is the primary financial backer behind the exhibition­s, fitting for the annual event that usually sees social media glow with wild outfits and red carpet stunts.

Plans for extravagan­ce as much of the United States and the world is still reeling from the coronaviru­s pandemic risks criticism, but the primary reason for holding two benefits is likely financial.

The Costume Institute relies on the Met Gala to fund its work including exhibition­s and acquisitio­ns, and the cancelatio­n of last year’s event created a fiscal gap for the museum branch that must pay for itself.

The exhibits themselves will see Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton continue to explore broad themes rather than offer retrospect­ives of a specific designer.

The two-part show will assess the state of American fashion—its contempora­ry players, the industry’s identity and important figures the rarified world of fashion may have overlooked or left out.

Bolton said the exhibit’s first stage would focus on modernizin­g fashion vocabulary in connection with “equity, diversity and inclusion,” as part two would see collaborat­ions with American filmmakers to “further investigat­e the evolving language of American fashion.”

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Lady Gaga at the 2019 Met Gala

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