The 2021 Met Gala is all set to leave the audience mesmerised on September 13 (September 14 in India). Fashion’s biggest night of the year, Met Gala usually knocks on the door on the first Monday in May. However, owing to the pandemic, this year’s event will be more of an intimate affair. Don’t worry, there will be no compromises on celebrity sightings and red carpet fashion. Ahead of the most exciting fashion event of the year, here is everything you need to know about the 2021 Met Gala. 

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What is the Met gala?

The Met ball, or Met gala, is an evening event where designers, models, and Hollywood stars make an entry in exaggerated and over-the-top looks to celebrate and fundraise at a new exhibit from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The event is carried on following a certain theme that everybody dresses to. In the past, we’ve had themes like camp, religion, punk, and more.

When and where is it?

The 2021 Met gala will take place on September 14 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The event will be live-streamed at 3:00 AM (IST), Monday, at twitter.com/voguemagazine and will be hosted by actor and recording artist Keke Palmer, and actor, writer, and director Ilana Glazer.

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What’s this year’s theme?

The 2021 Met gala is focused on celebrating American identity and fashion. Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue. “I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective.”

“I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance. I think young designers in particular are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.”

What will the exhibit look like?

The Costume Institute will exhibit in two parts, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”.

“A Lexicon of Fashion” will open on September 18 at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Met, celebrating Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary. The exhibit will be set up to look like a home, establishing “a new vocabulary that’s more relevant and more reflective of the times in which we’re living”, as per Bolton.