The Met Gala – which happens annually on the first Monday of every May – has been canceled, along with its corresponding exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And although fashion’s biggest night isn’t happening anymore, the public is reluctant to forget it completely. High Fashion Twitter (or “hft” as it’s referred to by its community) is hosting an event that entails guests ‘attending’ the Met Gala by posting their own looks or whatever image-laced visuals they create with a bespoke layout to Twitter, accompanied by the hashtag #HFMetGala2020.
Meanwhile, celebrities, influencers, and fashion followers are participating in the #MetGalaChallenge on social media, with challenge host Billy Porter of Pose fame asking everyone to, “Pick an iconic Met Gala look from years past and recreate [it] in your home.” Officially postponed, but certainly not forgotten, the Met Gala show goes on in alternative form. The powers that be have also heeded the call of the public with the launch of A Moment with the Met, which will live-stream via YouTube on Monday, May 4 at 6 p.m. (EDT).
Reminisce with participants like Cardi B, Naomi Campbell, and Stella McCartney, all of whom will take you through the highlights from previous years – red carpet looks and iconic moments included. And because no big event is complete without a little music, a special live performance by Florence and the Machine and a DJ set from Off-White founder Virgil Abloh will conclude the day. The Met Gala has been dedicated to raising funds for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Viewers are encouraged to contribute – should they be able to – to the Costume Institute and A Common Thread.
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Recreating one of my favorite Met Gala looks ever with the help of a tarp, some Christmas lights and packing tape. I think Alessandro Michele would approve. Your turn, post your look with #MetGalaChallenge by 5/3 and @voguemagazine will choose select looks to feature on social.