Anna Wintour announced Monday that the annual Met Gala, set to take place May 4, has been postponed “indefinitely.” The annual affair marks one of fashion’s biggest nights and the largest fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
The decision comes on the heels of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s closure last Thursday, shortly after two employees showed symptoms of the coronavirus. In a statement, the museum said that it was following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit gatherings of more than 50 people over the course of the next eight weeks.
“In deference to this guidance, all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed,” a spokesperson from the Met.
Wintour shared the news in an announcement on Vogue’s website. In the letter, which also served as an endorsement of Joe Biden’s presidential run, the editor-in-chief and gala co-chair teased that a preview of the Costume Institute’s exhibition “About Time: Fashion and Duration” — which would have been unveiled by the gala — can be expected in the magazine’s forthcoming May issue.
“One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, ‘About Time,'” Wintour said. “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, ‘About Time,’ and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled.”
Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière were set to co-host this year’s gala alongside Wintour. In 2019, the gala raised $15 million for the Costume Institute, with the invite-only guests paying $35,000 per ticket.
The museum did not announce a new date for the gala.
Top Image: Harry Styles and Alessandro Michele at the 2019 Met Gala. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/BEI/ShutterstockHarry Styles and Alessandro Michele.