This evening, the first monday in May, should have played host to one of fashion’s most awe-inspiring events, the Met Gala.

Due to the ongoing crisis surrounding Covid-19 however, the annual fundraising event has been postponed ‘indefinitely,’ and the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time: Fashion and Duration – which the Gala marks the opening of – is now scheduled to open at the later date of October 29.

Sensing the disappointment that the Gala’s absence will have on fashion fans and pop-culture enthusiasts, American Vogue’s editor-in-chief and Met Gala co-chair Anna Wintour has revealed that Vogue will host a virtual Met Gala on YouTube this evening.

A Moment with the Met will feature an address from Wintour, a performance by Florence + The Machine and a DJ set by Virgil Abloh and will mark the first time that the event has been “hosted” virtually. “It would be impossible to recreate the gala on Monday evening, though I have loved hearing how so many are marking the occasion in their own ways,” Wintour commented. “So instead, I asked a few friends to join me for a simple moment—one that I hope will bring us all a bit of joy.”

In fact, Wintour has endeavoured to virtually continue the legacy of the Met Gala throughout these unprecedented times. American Vogue teamed up with Pose actor Billy Porter to announce the Met Gala Challenge, which asked fans to re-create their favourite looks from over the years and post them to Instagram. The winners, in fact, will be unveiled today, as the competition ended yesterday.

This year’s exhibition was set to showcase archive pieces originating from 1870 to 2020, with an official theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”

The Met Gala was established by publicist and founder of the CFDA Eleanor Lambert in 1948 as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute and mark the opening of its annual exhibit. The first-ever Gala was a midnight dinner at Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria.

A Moment with the Met will begin streaming at 6pm EST – 11pm BST – this evening on Vogue’s YouTube channel.

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