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The red-carpet event will this year have two parts, which means that in the space of 12 months we will be treated to two Met Galas.

The 2021 Met Gala is set to take place on Monday, September 13, in a change-up to the event's traditional May slot.

Due to the 2020 Met Gala being cancelled thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will see the event taking place again on the traditional first Monday in May.

As for the theme, we are to witness an "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" event this tie round, in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Costume Institute.

The Gala will be closed off to cameras, however it will be available to watch via livestream on Vogue's official Twitter.

The event is due to begin at 17:30pm ET, which is 14:30 PT for those on the west coast of the US and 22:30 BST for all viewers based in the UK.

In terms of stars, the Gala will be hosted by a selection of co-chairs and honorary chairs, the latter of which will include people with a background in fashion, like Tom Ford.

The co-chairs include names like Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish and Naomi Osaka.

When it comes to the guest list, that is usually kept secret until the event, therefore we will not know who will be showing up on the red carpet until the night itself.

We can expect an appearance from Rihanna, as she will be hosting the Met Gala afterparty.

Zendaya has confirmed that she will not be attending because of scheduling conflicts with her new TV series 'Euphoria'.

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A youth-driven Met fashion exhibit, for a changing world

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This image released by The Metropolitan Museum of Art shows fashion displays, titled from left, Wonder, Warmth and Joy, part of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art via AP)

He knew he was going to do a major exhibit on American fashion in 2021 to coincide with the Institute’s 75th anniversary this year — and, as always, to launch the annual Met Gala.

But as he struggled to define American fashion, he now says, he realized that the whole point was NOT defining it — but rather recognizing and celebrating that it is many, many different things to different people.

“There are 100 different definitions of American fashion,” Bolton said this weekend as he showed a reporter around the new show, which opens to the public later this week. “We’re not coming up with a neat definition, because it doesn’t work! I’m trying to finding a new language or vocabulary to get people to think about it differently.”

Hence the title “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” part one of a larger “In America” show, which launches Monday’s “mini” Met Gala — a smaller version of the extravaganza that usually happens the first Monday in May.

Unlike past shows, this first part will last a full year, coinciding for several months with part two, “An Anthology of Fashion,” which will open in early May — when, everyone desperately hopes, a full-sized Met Gala can be held.

If the second part is more historical, this first part looks squarely at the present, at issues that “we are all grappling with,” Bolton says. It focuses on social justice, diversity and inclusivity, and body acceptance. Most importantly, though, it emphasizes youth: Some 60-70% of its garments come from younger designers, many of whom have never had their creations shown in a museum before or even imagined it, Bolton said.

This was key to Bolton’s approach, because “American designers, particularly the younger designers, are at the forefront of conversations about ethical issues, environmental issues, inclusivity and diversity,” he said. “So I felt it was timely.“ (It’s notable that hosting Monday’s mini-Met Gala are a quartet of youthful stars: Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka.)

One of the first items visitors now see when they enter the galleries of the Anna Wintour Costume Center is a colorful 19th-century patchwork quilt in a “tumbling block” pattern, part of the American Wing’s collection. Look more closely, and you can see that its tiny white squares each bear autographs of important people from the period. Abraham Lincoln, for example, who scrawled: “Your friend and servant.”

This quilt embodies the show’s organizing principle, based on a quote from the Rev. Jesse Jackson that America is not like a blanket but “more like a quilt — many patches, many pieces, many colors.”

All the garments are organized as if they’re patches on that quilt, with 12 sections representing different emotional qualities of American fashion: Nostalgia, belonging, delight, joy, wonder, affinity, confidence, strength, desire, assurance, comfort and consciousness.

But wait — each section has a number of sub-categories, further exploring these emotions. Bolton calls them “word trees.” And so, for example, there’s a part on “assertion,” where Brooklyn designer Shayne Oliver, 33, of Hood By Air contributes a genderless dress, and Christian Siriano — a known champion of body diversity in fashion — contributes three black satin dresses, exactly alike but made for different sizes or genders.

And the “confidence” section includes a lace bodysuit by none other than Rihanna and her label Savage X Fenty, part of a collection that was “a celebration of individuality and self-expression.”

Another new aspect of the show: It will be changing as time goes on, with designers and items rotated in and out. “It’s the first time we’re doing sort of a living exhibition where the show is going to change over the year,” Bolton said. “It will eventually become more comprehensive than it is now. “

That should also allow the show to be more nimble, able to respond to outside events and forces. “I wanted it to be a reflection of where we are now, a reflection of the times, the zeitgeist, as opposed to a reflection of history,” he said.

The show’s expressive “lexicon” came from two inspirations, Bolton said. “During Black Lives Matter, one of the things we all learned was the power of language,” he said. “So that was something I was thinking about. And then speaking to a lot of young designers, you hear them talk about their work, it’s very emotional, their vocabulary and their rhetoric,” he said.

And yet, he noted, American fashion is rarely described as ”emotional.” Rather, it’s been described through sportswear principles — simplicity and practicality, for example. “But American fashion has always been emotional. And so I wanted to create the new vocabulary.”

He stressed, though, that his new lexicon is not meant to be definitive: “It’s really starting a conversation more than anything else.”

“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” opens to the public on Sept. 18. Part Two, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” opens May 5, 2022. Both close on Sept. 5, 2022.

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The most magnificent fashion exhibitions at The Met

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Ahead of the opening of ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ next week and the Met Gala today, we take a look back at five year’s worth of fashion exhibitions at The Met Costume Institute, and celebrate how each iteration has pushed the boundaries of how fashion is perceived, year after year

About Time, installation view

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fashion spectacle has long been something to look forward to on the global fashion calendar, alongside its star-studded Met Gala. Organised by The Met’s Costume Institute and traditionally overseen in its most recent years by head curator Andrew Bolton, who has held the role since 2015, the ambitious and glittering showcases have ranged from highlighting different historical and cultural aspects of fashion to in-depth looks at the careers of some of the industry’s visionaries, both past and present.

In celebration of the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary and ahead of the opening of ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ next week, a two-part exhibition that throws the spotlight on fashion in America and how it has evolved, particularly with traditionally underrepresented designers now gaining a foothold, we take a look back at the last five fashion exhibitions at The Met and celebrate how each iteration has pushed the boundaries of how fashion is perceived, year after year.

The cryptic title of 2016’s ‘Manus x Machina’ may have bewildered many ahead of its opening, but the exhibition’s mission to reframe the power duel between machine-made fashion and the more refined, yet fading traditions of hand craftsmanship could not have been more memorable. Staged within a dramatic cathedral-like structure designed by OMA and constructed from translucent white scrims that were stretched over an intentionally visible framework, the building-within-a-building feel created a series of alcoves and porte-cochères that radiated out from a central domed atrium. A testament to the level of artistry possible by the human hand, and how technology can complement and take craft even further, the show reiterated just how closely the handmade and manmade can stand together.

This fashion exhibition at The Met focused on one individual designer, a tribute to the iconic Kawakubo and the singular vision that she continues to pioneer since founding Comme des Garçons in 1969, this comprehensive showcase broke down the designer’s cerebral and extensive catalogue into nine themes, each diving into the way her garments embody duality while resisting classification. The exhibition design was equally disruptive, with the installation of fluorescent lighting and geometric white niches that artfully and chaotically framed the various vignettes – all devised by Kawakubo, of course. ‘It is a massive white space of structures and sculptures, which lead the public on a voyage of discovery,’ she said at the time. ‘I didn’t want it to look like a museum exhibition.’

Installed within the museum’s galleries for Byzantine and medieval art, its Costume Center space and also uptown at The Met Cloisters, ‘Heavenly Bodies’ was the Costume Institute’s largest undertaking to date and brought together over 150 garments, including 40 papal robes and vestments dating back to the mid-18th century, on loan from the Sistine Chapel Sacristy – a first. Featuring a specially designed display system by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, including hovering platforms, industrial pedestals and vitrines, the show’s seamless blend of garments influenced by Catholicism with true historical artifacts gave it a palpable gravitas. 

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Delving into the idea of what camp has meant through the years, from subversive beginnings when the term was first coined in 1909 to the combination of extravagance, fantasy, hedonism, subculture and ornamentation that it’s now well known for, the 2019 exhibition proved just how influential all these facets have been on fashion. The show featured a set designed by theatre scenographer Jan Versweyveld, which culminated in a multi-coloured ‘house’ of camp, where all its different iterations lived in harmony. ‘It’s like a mirror of human behaviour,’ he said. ‘[The set design] provides one big world where all these different styles of camp can live together.’ 

Derailed by the global pandemic and unveiled six months after its traditional date, ‘About Time’ looked back at the last 150 years of clothes, from 1870 to the present day, and charted how sartorial associations across the years have conflated the past, present and future. The exhibition employed a series of flashbacks and fast-forwards to emphasise fashion’s ephemeral nature while disrupting the conventional and linear timeline of viewing history. Supported by a dynamic exhibition design by Es Devlin, who fashioned a pair of adjacent galleries to resemble two enormous clock faces that each marked 60 minutes of fashion, the exhibition depicted the progression of time through the changing forms in women’s fashion. §

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American Fashion Is Open to Interpretation — Just How The Met Wants It

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Instead of defining American fashion, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute hopes to spark a far-reaching debate with its new exhibition.

Heavy on contemporary designers and light on old-timers, never mind deceased ones, “Part One: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” spotlights 100 ensembles, the majority of which were created in the last five years. True to the youth-driven culture that steers fashion, technology and so many other aspects of society, the show magnifies the present. In doing so, it hints at issues of social justice, genderless dressing and body acceptance, among others.

With this year being the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary, the exhibition is in line with its heritage. During a preview Sunday afternoon, Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Costume Institute, said one of its core missions since its founding in 1946 has been to support the American fashion community and “they’ve supported us through the gala, from the period that it was inaugurated in 1948. Talking to the designers, the language that they were using to define their work was much more emotional based on values and sentiments. It hit me thinking about how American fashion has usually been described, which is usually through sportswear principles like functionality, practicality, ease, comfort and egalitarianism. That’s where the idea came from to create this new lexicon, this vocabulary of American fashion that is more expressive and emotional.”

Of-the-moment designers like Prabal Gurung, Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond, Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, Telfar Clemens, Heron Preston, Vaquera and Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty are among the ones featured, as are lesser-known ones like Puppets and Puppets, Stan, Dauphinette, KidSuper, Mimi Prober and No Sesso. Styles by Mainbocher, Claire McCardell, Bonnie, Cashin, Rudi Gernreich and Norman Norell are among the designers who worked in fashion decades ago, while established ones including Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Thom Browne, Vera Wang, Stephen Burrows, Andre Walker, the late Patrick Kelly and Marc Jacobs are also in the mix. Some, like Zac Posen and Miguel Adrover, have styles featured but are no longer designing collections.

Bolton spoke of his far-reaching approach. “This one has been really inspirational for me, just getting to know the work of younger designers and hearing what their ambitions and aspirations are. It’s so different from previous generations who may have aspired to work for a French couture house or to think more businesslike. It seems their aspirations are much more community-based,” Bolton said. “…they’re taking a lot of control for themselves in terms of their business. The models they are creating works for them. They are developing this close community of followers, fans and admirers.”

To organize the vocabulary of the exhibition, Bolton and his team zeroed in on a statement by Rev. Jesse Jackson at the 1984 Democratic National Convention: “America is not like a blanket, one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size.…America is more like a quilt: many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.” Visitors will find the quote on view, as it is a metaphor for American fashion with all these distinctive identities, Bolton said.

Reluctant to define American fashion with one description, Bolton said to do so would imply it is homogeneous, which it’s not, nor has it ever been. Even in the 1940s when Dorothy Shaver was creating the American look with McCardell and Cashin, which was all about notions of versatility and practicality, people like Jessie Franklin Turner and Elizabeth Hawes were operating outside of that canon and producing historicist  pieces that looked to Ancient Greece or the Renaissance. There’s always been a sort of heterogeneity and diversity that I wanted to highlight in this exhibition and just not reduce it down to this American designer sportswear,” the curator said.

The two-part exhibition will be a yearlong one with the first installment opening to the public Saturday. “Part Two: In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will bow in the American Wing’s period rooms on May 5. That will feature men’s and women’s dress from the 18th century to the present. This will be the first “living exhibition” for the institute, which plans to cycle out some of the older pieces for preservation purposes every few months and replace them with other American designs.

Sterling Ruby’s 2020 cotton denim “Veil Flag” that was inspired by the political division of the U.S. before the 2016 presidential election hangs with the introductory wall text on the entrance opposite a black granite sarcophagus from 380 to 342 B.C. Nearby, a white dress from Prabal Gurung with a sash imprinted with “Who Gets to Be an American?” sets the tone for what’s ahead.

Descending the stairs to the lower galleries, visitors will see a mannequin atop a pole in a star-spangled ensemble from Gypsy Sport’s fall 2019 collection. Two framed flag sweaters hang on opposite walls, including one from Ralph Lauren, one of the few designers to have more than one design in the exhibition. Nearby, a striking red and white striped one-shouldered dress imprinted with “No Justice, No Peace” and other social justice messages from LRS’ spring 2021 line is displayed on a pedestal.

A sweeping magenta Christopher John Rogers ballgown is not to be missed at the foot of the stairs. Bolton was a little concerned (unnecessarily) that its nine-foot wide skirt would not fit in the enlarged case that was created for it. The bold-colored eveningwear from Rodarte, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta that flank Rogers’ creation looks almost diminutive in comparison.

Nearby, a quilt from the museum’s American Wing begun in 1856 by Adeline Harris Sears is worth a closer inspection. She sent the small diamond-shaped squares to well-known Americans including eight U.S. presidents to sign. Abraham Lincoln obliged and added “Your Friend & Servant.” The framed colorful quilt is meant to be an emblem for the country and its cultural identities.

Deliberately skewed to contemporary designers, between 70 and 80 percent of the ensembles were created in the past five years, according to Bolton, who added that about 40 percent of the featured designers are people of color. Traditionalists may criticize the everyone-gets-a-trophy approach, pining for Donald Brookes, Adolfo, James Galanos, Oleg Cassini, Liz Claiborne and the like. But Part Two will be more historical, and will address how the initial vernacular of American fashion was established, how a particular American style that was independent and autonomous from Europe emerged, and in turn the rise of the independent designer that allowed them to have their own name on a label.

”I always feel that what we try to do, and we did it with ‘Camp: [Notes on Fashion,’] as well is have exhibitions that prompt debate and start the debate. And that debate will continue outside of the four walls of the museum. As a curator, I don’t believe in a curator defining what American fashion is. One’s role is to suggest and prompt discussion and for that discussion to continue. I like exhibitions to be open. It’s the only way that visitors can learn, and we can learn as curators just to expand our canon, our field,” said Bolton.

About 100 men’s and women’s ensembles are spotlighted.

Along with the widely recognized designers like Lauren and Karan, there are more forgotten ones like Fabrice Simon and Carmelo Pomodoro. “I didn’t want to do a traditional ‘A’ to ‘Zed’ in American fashion where you have Adrian, Beene, Cashin. They are there but I wanted to create a more alternative and inclusive A to Zed with contemporary designers but also designers that weren’t commercially successful, but had an impact. Pomodoro had a big impact in the ’80s,” Bolton said, adding that the exhibition is also “trying to problematize and create a more nuanced approach to American fashion.”

Teasing out stories — untold, hidden and little-known ones, including those about lesser-known designers — is something that Bolton has been doing for a few years. Part Two, for example, will feature the work of Fanny Criss, a Richmond-based Black designer in the early 20th century. “Not a household name,” she created a thriving business in Richmond, Va., so “it’s a story about race, gender and the American dream,” Bolton said.

This more holistic approach is meant to help the museum to become more inclusive, having been criticized in the past. Bolton said, “Certainly, part of the exhibition was a response to Black Lives Matter, in being more inclusive and diverse in the designers that we are showing. That certainly was a response to The Met’s DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion and access) initiatives, the social justice movements of last summer and ongoing movements.”

Working on the show, Bolton saw up close the renaissance in men’s wear with designers who are focusing on gender and sexuality, but with machismo. Praising Willy Chavarria and his new role at Calvin Klein, Bolton recalled how his runway a few seasons ago had very machismo guys with little silver tears. “In speaking with a lot of the designers, I’m finding that vulnerability really moving. The bravado that one has been used to in our field is disappearing. It’s much more about vulnerability and closeness,” Bolton said.

Bolton hatched Part One with assistant curator Amanda Garfunkel and the Costume Institute’s curatorial team. LAMB Design Studio’s Nathan Crowley and Shane Valentino pitched in with the exhibition’s design. Cinematographer Bradford Young offered insights about the sets and lighting with the duo. Another film executive, Franklin Leonard, acted as an adviser. Stephen Jones created all the headdresses for the exhibition.

The designs are contained in scrimped cases that are meant to be reminiscent of patches in a quilt. Playing into the theme of fashion’s modern vocabulary, the garments fall under 12 sections that are meant to explore the emotional qualities of American fashion. The areas are “Nostalgia,” “Belonging,” “Delight,” “Joy,” “Wonder,” “Affinity,” “Confidence,” “Strength,” “Desire,” “Assurance,” “Comfort” and “Consciousness.” Some might see the displays as a swipe-right effect, but for Bolton it was all about creating a new lexicon that was more expressive and less based on sportswear principles. “It’s like wearing your emotions on your sleeve, or on your head in this case,” he said, referring to the thought bubbles above each garment on display. The exhibition is made possible by Instagram with support from Condé Nast.

Acknowledging how some might not look at a Maria Cornejo-designed rose-colored alpaca poncho and consider that “Suppleness,” Bolton said the aim is to take the conversation beyond the walls of The Met and encourage further debate more widely about vocabulary and language. “I learned many things during the social justice movement but one of them was the importance of language and nomenclature. Part of this [exhibition] is to reflect on the way that you describe, the way you approach and the way that you think about things. It really is trying to create a new rhetoric around American fashion and a new language,” Bolton said.

Gesturing toward a black Ralph Rucci evening dress, Bolton said 70 percent of people who walk the show might not consider it “Passion” (as identified). “At least you’re prompting a debate about it. I’m not saying it’s accurate. It’s one word we can use to describe it but there are 100 words to describe this particular piece. What I’m hoping is that when people walk around the exhibition, it becomes a comprehensive dictionary by visitors’ response. It is a very participatory exhibition in a way. It’s going to be a year. I am sure the next words I hear will affect the next pieces.”

Should “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” serve as a template for companies and corporations to think about inclusivity, Bolton said, “That would be incredible if that was a result of this.”

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