The Met Gala’s co-chairs will be Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
After the gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute was cut during the pandemic, the May 2 gala will be the second star-studded gala. It is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”, the second of two major exhibitions at the museum that explores the roots of American fashion.
As the Costume Institute was struggling with pandemic restrictions like all arts institutions, the first part of the second section opened in September. The mini-gala also opened in September. For the second event, Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour will remain honorary co-chairs.
The May gala will see Hollywood make an appearance, and not just on the red carpet. The gala’s exhibit will launch with a group of prominent film directors, including King, Sofia Coppola and Martin Scorsese, as well as Chloe Zhao, last year’s Oscar winner.
Andrew Bolton, the star curator, said that eight directors would create “cinematic scenes” in the period rooms at the American Wing. Janicza Bravo and Julie Dash are the other directors.
The Anna Wintour Costume Center will continue to display the first section of the exhibition until Sept. 5. The opening exhibition will rotate out more than half of the pieces and will also display garments by designers not yet represented.
The Met Gala is a major money-maker for the museum, and it provides the Costume Institute its main source of funding. Celebrities often dress up to the theme of each year’s exhibition, making it one of the most important nights in fashion.