The 2021 Met Gala is fast approaching on September 13th. Typically held annually on the first Monday in May, the Met Gala—aka fashion’s biggest night of the year—returns on September 13th as a smaller, more intimate affair than in years past. (The soirée was canceled last year, and postponed to this September, due to COVID-19.) While it may look a little different this year, there will still be a red carpet filled with fabulous fashions and celebrity sightings.
So, ahead of the big bash, here are all the details we know about the event thus far—including what the theme is, who’s cochairing it, what the Costume Institute exhibit will entail, and what we can expect to see on the step and repeat.
What is the Met gala?
The Met ball, or Met gala, is the fashion world equivalent of the Oscars. It’s an evening when designers, models, and Hollywood stars convene in the year’s most over-the-top looks to celebrate and fundraise at a new exhibit from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Typically, everyone dresses to the theme, and according to the feel, of the exhibit; past themes have included camp, religion, punk, and more.