Vogue Will Host A Virtual Met Gala Featuring A DJ Set By Virgil Abloh
When it was announced that the Met Gala would be indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the world let out a collective sigh. Even those outside of the fashion industry, who bemoan such things as Fashion Week and snub their noses at the latest trends, were disappointed. Regardless of your take on fashion, the Met Gala is the biggest night in the calendar, continuing to deliver jaw-dropping outfits and entrances that immediately go viral.
With this in mind, the idea of spending the first Monday in May simply gazing at our computer screens with no promise of a red carpet moment set to blow our minds is too disappointing to articulate. Thankfully, Vogue are promising to deliver a virtual Met experience and whilst it won’t deliver quite the fanfare of the actual event, this alternative will allow everyone to get a glimpse into the inner world of the biggest fashion event.
Called A Moment With the Met, the event will be shared on YouTube via a livestream on May 4. It will feature an address from Vogue editor-in-chief and Met Gala co-chair Anna Wintour, followed by a performance by Florence + The Machine and a DJ set by Virgil Abloh – not too shabby if you ask us. And if all that wasn’t enough, Vogue will also share new videos with Cardi B, Naomi Campbell, Liv Tyler, Stella McCartney and Liza Kosby as they take a look at previous Met Galas.
Speaking about the event, Anna Wintour said in a statement: “It would be impossible to recreate the gala on Monday evening, though I have loved hearing how so many are making the occasion in their ways. So instead, I asked few friends to join me for a simple moment – one that I hope will bring us all a bit of joy.”
For the uninitiated, the Met Gala is held on the first Monday in May and is hosted by Anna Wintour and Vogue. Not surprisingly, it attracts the biggest names across all industries, with celebrities trying to outdo the outfits of those that came before them. From Harry Styles’ nail polish to Billy Porter’s entrance fit for an Egyptian Pharaoh, even Rihanna has caused a storm on the red carpet. Each outfit is iconic and serves as something of a historical footnote to the times we are currently living in.
While the new date for the 2020 Met Gala is yet to be announced, A Moment With the Met will stream on May 4, 6 p.m. EDT (or May 5, 8 a.m. AEST) on Vogue’s YouTube channel. Vogue will make donations to the Costume Institute and its “A Common Thread” initiative with CFDA, with donations from viewers being highly encouraged.