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Met Gala 2020 Is Postponed Indefinitely Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Met Gala Not Canceled Due To Coronavirus Concerns
Beyoncé at the 2015 Met Gala. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Shutterstock


On Monday, March 16, the Met museum announced that “all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed.” That includes the 2020 Met Gala.

In a statement posted to Vogue, Anna Wintour wrote, “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled.”


Listen up, fashion lovers! On Tuesday, March 10, chief external relations officer of the Costume Institute, Nancy Chilton, told The Cut that the 2020 Met Gala is still on for Monday, May 4. But on March 13, a Met spokesperson revealed to Harper’s Bazaar that the major event is “under review,” meaning it could potentially be canceled after all.

All Met Museum events scheduled between now and April 3 have been canceled and all of those set to take place after that date are now being reconsidered, including the famed Met Gala.

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“Given the uncertain public health environment, we will review on a rolling basis which museum events beyond April 3 will be canceled or postponed,” Chilton told the outlet. “We are hoping for the best, but public health and safety are our first priorities.”

Original story below:

The show must go on! Despite growing fears surrounding the spread of coronavirus (a.k.a. Covid-19), the 2020 Met Gala is confirmed to still be happening. The annual star-studded event will take place on Monday, May 4, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Nancy Chilton, chief external relations officer of the Costume Institute confirmed the news to The Cut in a statement published on Tuesday, March 10. “We are proceeding as planned and look forward to a wonderful evening,” she told the outlet.

Chilton continued, “We will of course continue to keep a close eye on the situation.”

Even though the Met Gala will be taking place, that doesn’t mean every cautious A-lister will attend — especially if the virus continues to spread.

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The Met Gala is one of the few major events that remains unaffected. Prada and Gucci cancelled their cruise 2021 fashion shows and Versace, Giorgio Armani and Chanel have postponed shows in the coming months.

Outside of the fashion world, the cancellation announcements and date changes keep coming. For example: Coachella will now take place in October instead of April and South by Southwest is cancelled entirely. Movies, concerts and gatherings everywhere are being rescheduled (or nixed completely) to halt the spread of the scary virus.

But those who are craving normalcy in such a stressful time are looking forward to this year’s gala, especially after the theme was officially announced in November. Vogue revealed that this year’s exhibition and gala is centered around the idea of “Time: Fashion and Duration.”

British museum curator Andrew Bolton told Vogue that the Met Gala will be “a reimagining of fashion history that’s fragmented, discontinuous and heterogeneous.” He revealed that his inspiration for the theme came from the 1992 film, Orlando, based off of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel of the same title.

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“There’s a wonderful scene in which Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th-century woman’s robe à la Francaise, and as she runs through it, her clothes change to mid-19th-century dress, and she reemerges in 1850s England,” he explained. “That’s where the original idea came from.”

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