NEW YORK • The star-studded New York Met Gala this year will focus on youth and diversity, with four under-30 co-chairs – actor Timothee Chalamet, poet Amanda Gorman, singer Billie Eilish and tennis player Naomi Osaka.
Usually held in early May, the charity ball was postponed to September 13 in the hopes that many Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted by then.
Last year’s edition was canceled due to the pandemic.
The honorary co-chairs will be Ms. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue who made the gala a global event, designer Tom Ford and Mr. Adam Mosseri, director of Instagram, sponsor of the event.
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art relies on the Met Gala to fund its work, including exhibitions and acquisitions, and the cancellation of last year’s event severely damaged its finances.
Red carpet regular, 25-year-old Franco-American Chalamet is renowned for her fashionable outfits, wearing floral-print Alexander McQueen suits and – at the 2019 Golden Globes – a glittering Louis Vuitton harness.
Gorman, 23, became an international sensation after reciting his poem The Hill We Climb, inspired by the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol, during the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
Gorman, who is African American, went on to become the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl, America’s most-watched show of the year.
Best known for her laid back style, especially her big tees, 19-year-old Eilish recently appeared in British Vogue in tight lingerie.
“Showing your body and showing your skin – or not – shouldn’t rob you of respect,” she told the magazine.
Osaka, 23, world No. 2 in tennis, has also made waves in the fashion world by becoming an ambassador for Louis Vuitton.
Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, also collaborated on the design of bags and swimwear.
The Met Gala will take place in two stages – with a first reception on September 13 and another on May 2 next year.
FRANCE MEDIA AGENCY