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GALLERY: Some of the best Met Gala gowns through the years


by Jennifer McShane
04th May 2020
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The first Monday in May is usually one of the highlights of the fashion year — the Met Gala. But this year, with coronavirus restrictions in place, organisers “indefinitely postponed” the event in line with official guidelines, to help #StopTheSpread.

Due to be themed around the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming Costume Institute exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration (which has also been postponed), the organisers announced an alternative event: A Moment With the Met, which viewers from around the world will be able to tune into.

A Moment With the Met promises a “celebration of the first Monday of May” and will be streamed live on YouTube from 6pm EDT (11pm Monday, Irish time) and involve an address from Wintour, a live performance by Florence and the Machine, and a DJ set from the designer Virgil Abloh. Wintour said she hopes the simple moment will “bring us all a bit of joy.”

Related: The Met Gala 2020 theme and hosts have been announced: here’s everything we can expect

And while nothing will ever quite recreate the magic of the Met carpet in action, we’ve compiled a few standout gowns from previous years as we walk down a sartorial memory lane instead.

See our favourites in the gallery above.