The Met Gala Returns With a Two-Part American Fashion Celebration

Tags: The old guard is represented by honorary chairs Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour. Photo-Illustration: by Vulture; Photos by Getty Images

At the 2021 Met Gala, the category is Fourth of July realness. Representing the East Coast and the West Coast, Timothée Chalamet and Billie Eilish. “Chalamet, Eilish, Osaka, and Gorman have all developed a distinct visual language for their public personas, one that is informed by the legacy of iconic fashion made in the U.S.A.,” Vogue gushes. “After an isolating and challenging year, we are celebrating a newfound sense of freedom: to gather, to travel, and to get utterly dressed to the nines — or better yet, into the double digits.” The fashion magazine anticipates “anything-goes-gowns and dash of something star-spangled.” After a year of late stimulus checks, over 500,000 (preventable) deaths due to COVID-19, and protests against police violence, Vogue wants YOU to be proud to be an American. After being postponed in 2020 and 2021, The Met Ball will now be hosted on September 13, celebrating the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” Part two of the exhibition, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will open in 2022, with its very own Met Ball scheduled for the first Monday in May. The next generation of Americans (or Japanese Americans, in Osaka’s case) will be represented by the four award-winning co-chairs, each known for their own unique fashion statements. Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, and Amanda Gorman will co-chair the event, which features the dress code “American Independence,” according to Vogue. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Timothée Chalamet (@tchalamet)

“For a gala that’s known for its timely dress codes, American Independence feels particularly meaningful,” Vogue says.