Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka to co-chair 2021 Met Gala

Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press

The Met Gala is back with four young, but influential co-chairs.

Billie Eilish, 19, Timothée Chalamet, 25, Amanda Gorman, 23, and Naomi Osaka, 23, will be co-chairs of this year's delayed Met Gala, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday on Instagram noting that the Met Gala would have been held May 3. The event is typically held on the first Monday of May, but was pushed to September because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All four co-chairs have made waves in fashion in their own respective ways from Eilish's outspokenness about body image to Chalamet's bold red carpet choices, Gorman's iconic yellow inaugural coat and Osaka's versatile style both on and off the tennis court.

The museum announced in April that the annual high-wattage celebration of both fashion and celebrity -- held virtually last year because of the pandemic -- would return in person, first in September, then again in 2022 in its usual May slot.

Naomi Osaka, Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka to co-chair 2021 Met Gala.

The galas, a “more intimate” version Sept. 13 of this year and a larger one on May 2, 2022, will launch a two-part exhibition, to be on view for almost a year.

“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” opening Sept. 18, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the museum’s Costume Institute and “explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,” the museum said. Part two, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will open in the museum’s popular American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022, and will explore American fashion, with collaborations with film directors, by “presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces.” Both parts will close on Sept. 5, 2022.

The first gala in September will be smaller, and held in accordance with government coronavirus guidelines. The second next May is intended to be larger, in line with previous galas.

The gala is a major fundraiser, providing the Costume Institute with its primary source of funding.

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“Fashion is both a harbinger of cultural shifts and a record of the forces, beliefs, and events that shape our lives,” said Max Hollein, director of the Met, in a statement. “This two-part exhibition will consider how fashion reflects evolving notions of identity in America and will explore a multitude of perspectives through presentations that speak to some of the complexities of history with powerful immediacy.”

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As always, the exhibits will be the work of star curator Andrew Bolton. “Over the past year, because of the pandemic, the connections to our homes have become more emotional, as have those to our clothes,” he said in his own statement. “For American fashion, this has meant an increased emphasis on sentiment over practicality.”

He said that in accordance with this shift, Part One of the exhibition will establish “a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on the expressive qualities of clothing as well as deeper associations with issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

As for Part Two, it will “further investigate the evolving language of American fashion through a series of collaborations with American film directors who will visualize the unfinished stories inherent in The Met’s period rooms.”

Contributing: Rasha Ali