Confirmed: Met Gala 2020 has been cancelled

One of the world’s biggest fashion parties, the annual Met Gala will not take place in 2020 owing to the outbreak of coronavirus. The charity event benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and witnesses some of the most well-known faces of showbiz from across the world converging on the red carpet for the gala fashion event.

The event, which was supposed to take place on May 4, joins the long list of industry programmes and festivals that have been severely affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier the annual fundraising gala was postponed “indefinitely” in March but the Met announced on Tuesday that this year’s event has been called off entirely “due to the global health crisis”.

The Costume Institute’s exhibit for this year, ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration’, which would have set the theme for the 2020 program, will now open on October 29 and run through February 7, 2021.

The likes of Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere were set as the hosts for the event. From India, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have been regular attendees of the event over the years.

The exhibit was earlier set to be open from May 7 to September 7 and explore “how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future” from 1870 to the present.

A spokeswoman for the Met told WWD that the 2021 gala will be focused on next year’s Costume Institute exhibition, which has not yet been announced.

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