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“If you planning a MET Ball after party … don’t,” she shared on her Instagram Story.
The Met Gala is back this year—although things will look a bit different.
Sometimes known as “fashion’s prom,” the gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The dress code is always based on the institute’s major fashion exhibition that year, giving designers and their celebrity guests a chance to go big on the red carpet. (Never forget the year the theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, and Rihanna went dressed as the pope.)
The event usually happens the first Monday in May, but in 2020, the museum had to cancel the party due to the pandemic. As a result, we didn’t get to witness the biggest names in fashion offer their interpretations of 2020’s theme, About Time: Fashion and Duration, although viewers were still able to see the curation from a safe social distance at the museum.
To make up for 2020, this year the museum is putting on two galas: one in September and one in the spring. The theme is American fashion, and the exhibition has been split in half. Read on for everything to know about the festivities.
The singer and mogul responsible for some of the most memorable Met Gala moments in recent history—did we mention the Guo Pei omelet dress?—will host this year’s after-party, following in the 2019 footsteps of Idris and Sabrina Elba.
Page Six reported on September 7 that Rihanna has teamed with hospitality giant Richie Akiva to throw the Met Ball’s private annual gala following the occasion’s main events. Rihanna made the news official on her Instagram Story, letting it be known to her followers that the exclusive event is the place to be. “If you planning a MET Ball after party…don’t,” she wrote.
Per the invitation, the event takes place on Monday, September 13, at 11 p.m.

For the first time ever, all of us can enjoy what is reportedly “fashion’s biggest night out” from home, as Vogue announced on September 7 that it will be hosting the official livestream for the event.
The livestream is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on September 13 and can be accessed at the time of the event via Vogue‘s official Twitter page. Two special guests, singer and TV personality Keke Palmer and actor-director Ilana Glazer, will be hosting the livestream, giving viewers groundbreaking real-time access to the event. Expect to see high-profile celebrity interviews and get close-ups of some big red-carpet fashion moments.
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Capturing the full scope of fashion, this year’s hosts include Dune actor Timothée Chalamet, Grammy winner Billie Eilish, award-winning athlete Naomi Osaka, and inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, and Instagram head Adam Mosseri are the event’s honorary chairs.
Sponsored by Instagram, the now-multipart event consists of two exhibitions, each with its own individual focus.
The first part, titled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” will begin showing as early as September 18. It plans to explore the way we as a community speak about the industry, as well as the general vocabulary surrounding it. The second installment, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which isn’t due until May 5, 2022, will break down the timeline of American fashion “by presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces,” according to a statement released by the storied art institution.
“Over the past year, because of the pandemic, the connections to our homes have become more emotional, as have those to our clothes,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Costume Institute, said on the choice of theme. “For American fashion, this has meant an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality.”
American fashion lovers have until September 5, 2022, to see both parts of the exhibition up close and personal at their leisure.
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Of course, the events wouldn’t be complete without corresponding soirees to mark the occasion. The Met Gala is traditionally held on the first Monday in May, but for the first time since the event’s conception in 1948, the festivities will be held in the fall. Part one of the exhibitions will be celebrated on Monday, September 13, with what the Costume Institute has called a “more intimate” event. Reverting back to the original calendar, the second gala will fall on May 2, 2022.

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