On Monday, Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief made a public announcement in a piece released saying: “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.” This published release officially announced the postponement of the 2020 Met Gala.
The continued spread of Covid-19 or Coronavirus has been on the high and the fears of it making more victims has been a major reason behind why there have been endless cancellations, reschedulings, and postponements in all areas from fashion, to entertainment, to the sport.
It was no surprise therefore when New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on the 13th of March closed its doors to the public over health concerns about Coronavirus. The occurrence already put the upcoming Met Gala under possible postponement as Matthew Schneier from The Cut’s in a tweet already confirmed the postponement news as he said that the Met Gala was “under review.”
Before the eventual conclusion of the postponement and the closing down of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer, and the Met Cloisters had also been closed. According to The New York Times report, two staffers had shown symptoms of the virus but still as at then when the cases were noticed the gala was still on course.
Continued worries eventually led to the closing down of the gala project eventually as Nancy Chilton, the chief external relations officer of the Costume Institute, said after the initial museum closure: “Right now all museum events are canceled through April 3. Given the uncertain public health environment, we will review on a rolling basis which museum events beyond April 3 will be canceled or postponed, we are hoping for the best, but public health and safety are our first priorities.”
The Met Gala which was expected to take place on the 4th of May of 2020 had the theme: “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” The entire gala was under the guidance and control of Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute. He explained the idea behind the theme as he said that it’s a “reimagining of fashion history that’s fragmented, discontinuous, and heterogeneous.” Designer Nicolas Ghesquière, Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anna Wintour amidst others were expected to chair the program.
With the ongoing virus lockdown, the gala is expected to be out of the calendar but many look forward to having an inspiring time with the program once it’s back in motion.