With the number of coronavirus cases around the world on the rise, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the 2020 Met gala which was originally slated for the 4th of May but postponed due to the pandemic, has officially been canceled.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art told Vogue in a statement that “due to the global health crisis,” rather than being rescheduled, the event would not take place at all.
Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour announced the news in a post on the magazine’s website, in which she condemned President Trump’s handling of the crisis, and endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential run, before finally revealing the fate of the gala.
A small virtual-edition of Met Gala took place on the 4th of May. Vogue hosted “A Moment With the Met” via Youtube Livestream, featuring an address from Wintour, as well as a performance from Florence and the Machine and a DJ set from Virgil Abloh. During the live stream, viewers were able to take a peek into this year’s Costume Institute exhibition, titled About Time: Fashion and Duration. According to Anna Wintour during the Met Gala live stream, the exhibition would have included 120 looks dating back to 1870.