“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,” American Vogue editor-in-chief and Condé Nast’s global content advisor Anna Wintour revealed in a statement on Vogue.com. “In the meantime, we will give you a preview of this extraordinary exhibition in our forthcoming May issue.”
It has yet to be disclosed whether this year’s Met Gala has been cancelled entirely or simply postponed. The Costume Institute’s decision is in accordance with New York governor Andrew Guomo’s ban on all gatherings of more than 500 people throughout the state, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice that all avoidable gatherings of more than 50 people should be put off for the next eight weeks at least.
This year’s Met Gala was due to be particularly spectacular, with a theme described as time itself by curator Andrew Bolton – a nod to the fact that 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum as an institution. The event was due to be co-chaired by Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Anna Wintour – who has hosted the so-called Super Bowl of fashion since 1995.