Met Gala Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Marc Gordon
Mar 16, 2020

Each year celebrities go all out for one of the highlights of the fashion world. However, like all other events, the annual Met Gala was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled to take place on May 4th in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum to benefit its Art’s Costume Institute. “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,” co-chair Anna Wintour wrote Monday in Vogue. The event was set to be c-hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, and Emma Stone.

The theme of the 2020 Met Gala was “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” Unfortunately, with more than 150,000 cases of the coronavirus diagnosed worldwide, the CDC recommended all gatherings with more than 50 people to be canceled or delayed for the next eight weeks. “In deference to this guidance, all programmes and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed,” a museum spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has also announced new citywide restrictions on social activities to prevent the spread of the virus.

A view outside The Metropolitan Museum of Art during the coronavirus pandemic

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The institute’s About Time exhibit was scheduled to open May 7 through September 7 and explore “how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future” from 1870 to the present, according to the museum’s website. Tickets for the 2020 event were $35,000 and tables started at $200,000. Often tickets are purchased by a fashion house who then invites celebrities to attend.