Met Gala: What happens at the event and what is the theme this year?

It’s Met Gala day, baby! (Picture: Getty)

The biggest names in fashion and showbiz will descend on New York for the return of the Met Gala tonight.

The annual extravaganza was scrapped last year due to the pandemic but is making a comeback in an unfamiliar September slot.

Famously, the Met Gala usually takes place on the first Monday in May.

The event, which raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, has been split into two this time around.

Part one, set to be a more reserved affair than usual, takes place on Monday while the second instalment – intended as a larger event – is scheduled for May 2, 2022.

What happens at the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.

Kim wore couture silicone from Thierry Mugler in 2019 (Picture: FilmMagic)

Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night, since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit.

Honorary chairs for the evening are fashion designer Tom Ford, Instagram head Adam Mosseri and Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

Filmmaker Melina Matsoukas, known for the drama film Queen & Slim, has been commissioned to create an open-ended film to project in the galleries, with content changing during the course of the exhibition.

What is the Met Gala theme this year?

The dress code for this year’s Met Gala is American Independence, suggesting a red carpet filled with stars and stripes.

The theme in 2018 was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, with Rihanna coming dressed as the Pope.

In 2019, celebrities came dressed as Camp: Notes on Fashion, which featured a show-stopping entrance from Lady Gaga.

Where can I watch the Met Gala in the UK and what time will it air?

You can watch all the action from the Met Gala on, where the event is being livestreamed, and the official Twitter page.

The stars will start to arrive at 5.30pm EST (which is 10.30pm BST).

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