The Met Gala 2020: A Look Back at the Event That Never Was

The Met Gala, formally known as the Costume Institute Benefit, is a highly anticipated annual event that blends fashion and philanthropy. Held the first Monday of May in New York City, it raises funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and celebrates the opening of its annual fashion exhibit.

However, in 2020, the red carpet went silent. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Met Gala was officially cancelled for the first time since 1999.

While there was no physical gathering, the planned exhibit, titled “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” did eventually open to the public in a modified form later that year.

“About Time” explored the concept of linearity versus non-linearity in fashion history. Garments were displayed chronologically in one section, while another section used a thematic approach

Although the 2020 Met Gala was undoubtedly missed by fashion enthusiasts, the following year’s event returned with even greater fanfare, celebrating the postponed theme of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”