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03 May 2021

Eilish, Chalamet, Gorman and Osaka headline autumn Met Gala

03 May 2021

When the Met Gala returns in September it will feature a starry contingent of celebrity co-chairs: actor Timothee Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka.

Honorary chairs for the evening will be Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

The museum made the announcement on Monday on the traditional day of the Met Gala, the first Monday in May.

Those plans, of course, were upended by the pandemic.

The September 13 gala will be a more intimate affair, to be followed by a larger one on May 2, 2022.

Naomi Osaka (PA Archive)

Both will launch a two-part exhibition, a survey of American fashion to be on view for almost a year.

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opening on September 18, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the museum’s Costume Institute and “explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion”, the museum has said.

Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will open in the museum’s popular American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022, and will explore American fashion, with collaborations with film directors, by “presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces”.

Both parts will close on September 5, 2022.

Filmmaker Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim) has been commissioned to create an open-ended film to project in the galleries, with content changing during the course of the exhibition.

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

As always, the exhibits will be the work of star curator Andrew Bolton.

In addition to Matsoukas, other confirmed collaborators from the film world include cinematographer Bradford Young, whose projects have included Selma and When They See Us; production designers Nathan Crowley and Shane Valentino; and Franklin Leonard, film executive and founder of The Black List, a listing of top unproduced screenplays.

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