The Met Gala has been postponed

Written by Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN

One of the largest nights on the style calendar, the Met Gala, won’t go forward as scheduled on May 4, 2020. The information follows a wave of canceled and postponed cultural occasions world wide resulting from coronavirus.

The annual red carpet event, hosted by Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, is a celebrity-packed fundraiser for the Costume Institute on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since 2005, the occasion has been held, with out fail, on the primary Monday in May — it additionally marks the launch of its spring exhibition.
This yr’s exhibition, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” is sponsored by luxurious style home Louis Vuitton. It has been billed as a journey by means of the historical past of style from 1870 to the current.
But on Friday the Metropolitan Museum introduced it could be shutting its doorways briefly, inflicting hypothesis that the gala’s organizers would comply with swimsuit. Writing on on Monday, Wintour confirmed that the fundraiser wouldn’t be held as deliberate.

“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,” she wrote, including that the journal would nonetheless be previewing the “extraordinary exhibition” in its May challenge.

In a press release despatched to CNN on Monday, a museum spokesperson wrote: “The Museum will remain closed through Saturday, April 4. Additionally, the CDC advised over the weekend that there should not be any gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. In deference to this guidance, all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed.”

This isn’t the primary time the occasion has had a change of plans in its 72-year historical past. There have been years when the gala wasn’t held in any respect, most notably in 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and in 2002, following 9/11.

With tickets costing upwards of $30,000, the invite-only occasion gives a major income for the museum. According to the New York Times, final yr’s gala raised $15 million for the Costume Institute. Neither the museum nor Wintour offered any additional particulars on when the fundraiser is perhaps rescheduled.

This yr’s exhibition was resulting from kind half the Met’s wider 150th anniversary celebrations. It was set to function 160 style objects, and was scheduled to open to the general public from May 7, three days after the gala, till September 7.

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