If 2020 could be summarised by one word, it would be this: “cancelled”.
The rapid spread of coronavirus has forced the world into mass lockdown, as governing bodies halt the inflow of tourists, and a number of businesses across all industries have been forced to close their stores and offices.
While many were hoping the fashion world would be immune to such efforts, with coronavirus now being declared a pandemic, the cancellations were almost immediate.
Following Gucci and Versace cancelling their cruise collection shows for May, attention has now turned to the Met Gala and whether fashion’s biggest event will suffer the same fate.
Taking place on the first Monday in May, the Met Gala is one of the biggest nights on the fashion calendar. Hosted by Anna Wintour and Vogue, the fashionable evening attracts the biggest names across all industries, and each year celebrities try and outdo those who have taken to the red carpet before them. We’ve had Harry Styles’s nail polish and heeled shoes, Lady Gaga’s cinematic entrance, Billy Porter being carried into the Met Gala on a throne, and Rihanna’s yellow gown. Each is iconic, each was unique, and each continues to live on and inspire those in the fashion world.
But with the coronavirus already causing cancellations with numerous Fashion Week shows, as well as sport’s biggest events, many were quick to assume that the Met Gala would suffer the same fate and be forced to cancel. Already, the Met Museum has had to close temporarily, with all three Met locations shutting down as of March 13.
A statement from the Museum read, “The Museum will undertake a thorough cleaning and plans to announce next steps early next week.” It went on to say that the museum’s measures are “proactive” and “precautionary,” but clarified that there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus connected to the museum.
As for the Met Gala event itself, Anna Wintour has confirmed that in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the much-anticipated opening of the Costume Institute’s ‘About Time’ exhibit, and its accompanying star-studded red carpet, will be postponed indefinitely.
“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,” Wintour wrote in her latest Vogue editor’s letter.
“In the meantime, we will give you a preview of this extraordinary exhibition in our forthcoming May issue.”