The Met Gala 2020 has officially been cancelled


By Stephanie Boey

The Met Gala 2020 has officially been cancelled

It’s official, this year’s Met Gala has been cancelled. After the COVID-19 outbreak early this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that they would be postponing this year’s gala until further notice. Anna Wintour, the chair of fashion’s biggest event, said in a statement, “One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, ‘About Time.’ Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, ‘About Time,’ and the opening night gala, will be postponed to a later date”

Unfortunately, the postponement has lead to a cancellation. Early today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that this year’s Met Gala 2020 will be in fact cancelled “due to the global health crisis”. President of the Met museum, Daniel H. Weiss says, “the Met has endured much in its 150 years and today continues as a beacon of hope for the future. This museum is also a profound reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to offer comfort, inspiration, and community. As we endure these challenging and uncertain times, we are encouraged by looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all to enjoy the Met’s collection and exhibitions”.

Good news: The ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration’ exhibit is still scheduled to open on 29 October. In our initial report on the theme reveal last year, we learned that the theme was inspired by the works of English writer Virginia Woolf and French-Jewish philosopher Henri Bergson, and is a reference to the 1992 film Orlando by Sally Potter. 

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