The 2020 Met Gala will not be happening at all. On Monday (March 16), The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the buzziest fashion-society-politics-celebrity night of the year had been postponed indefinitely, and has since confirmed on May 20 that this year's event would be cancelled altogether.
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Known affectionately as ‘The First Monday in May’, the May 4 gathering was reconsidered in order to avoid gatherings of 50 people or more – as per health guidance provided by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
In an internal email sent to Met staffers, it was announced that “in deference to this guidance, all programs and events through May 15 will be cancelled or postponed,” including the gala. According to The New York Times, a spokesperson for the museum confirmed that no new date or further plans for the star-studded fund-raising party had been discussed.
The theme and co-chairs for this year’s Met Gala were announced back in November: About Time: Fashion and Duration. Anna Wintour, French designer Nicolas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep were the co-chairs.
The news has come as a shock to many admirers of the event, which has been viewed for some time as the biggest night in fashion.
The museum on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan — plus its two other locations, the Met Breuer and the Met Cloisters — initially closed to all visitors on March 13, in line with guidance from the New York mayor’s office. The museum did not announce a reopening date.
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