The Met Gala will not take place this year, it has been confirmed. There had been hopes that the annual fashion party would be postponed until later in 2020, after it was cancelled in May due to the pandemic.
However, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has now said that the event will not happen again until next year. In a statement, the museum announced that its Costume Institute exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration will open on 29 October running through 7 February, 2021. The showcase will look at a century and a half of fashion from 1870 up until the present day to mark the Met’s 150th gallery. The museum itself will not open until mid August “or perhaps a few weeks later”.
The cancellation of the Met Gala will come as a big blow to the Costume Institute which considers money raised from the event as its main source of funding. Last year’s gala, Camp: Notes on Fashion, raised a reported $15 million.
The Met plans to stage a belated celebration for its 150th anniversary in 2021.
Daniel H. Weiss, president of the museum, said: “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.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.