The Met Gala is returning this year – here’s everything we know

The ‘Oscars of fashion’ is back. 

The highlight of the fashion calendar, the Met Gala returns with a celebration of American Fashion. After cancelling last year’s gala due to the pandemic, the Costume Institute has announced the Met Gala will return this year with a two-part event throughout 2021 and 2022.

The opening night of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first exhibition will take place on 13 September 2021, rather than the traditional first Monday in May. Titled ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’, the exhibition will run in tandem with the second exhibition, ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’, debuting on 5 May, 2022.

The event on 13 September will be hosted by co-chairs Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka, and honorary Met Gala chairs Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour.

Following on from previous years’ themes including ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, ‘Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ and ‘Fashion in the Age of Technology’, this year’s theme will focus on the “Renaissance” of American fashion, alongside major political, social and cultural touchstones of the past year.

“I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” curator Andrew Bolton, told Vogue. 

“I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective. I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a Renaissance.”

An ‘imaginary house’ will be set up for the first exhibition, with Taylor Swift’s floral Oscar de la Renta Grammys dress and a Bonnie Cashin coat expected to feature in the exhibition. The 2022 exhibition will continue the theme, this time looking at American fashion “in the context of race, gender, and materiality”.

With last year’s event cancelled, the 2021 Met Gala is sure to be a who’s-who of celebs, artists, designers and industry icons – however, the red carpet will be smaller than usual according to pandemic guidelines. With everyone craving a bit of escapism, the extravagance is sure to be in full swing.

Can’t wait? Look back at 19 of the best Met Gala looks of all time.

Aussie fashion faves launch capsule collection for ovarian cancer research

Aussie fashion faves Camilla & Marc this week announced a philanthropic capsule collection designed to stylishly raise both awareness and much-needed funding to further develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer. 

Titled ‘Ovaries. Talk About Them’, 100 percent of proceeds from the new unisex line of limited-edition t-shirts and hoodies will go directly to ovarian cancer research.

Motivated by the devastating loss of their mother to ovarian cancer, Camilla & Marc’s creative director Camilla Freeman-Topper and CEO Marc Freeman launched the first Ovaries. Talk About Them campaign in 2020. To date, they’ve raised more than $225,000.

“There is still no early diagnosis test for ovarian cancer, almost 30 years after my mother’s death, largely due to a lack of awareness and funding, which is just so hard to believe,” says Freeman-Topper.

“Ovarian cancer is the deadliest female cancer and is in dire need of attention. Over 300,000 women worldwide die annually from the disease, often because of a late diagnosis and that’s simply not good enough. It’s so difficult because we all want to be preventative and get checked but there’s currently no way to do this.”

“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved to date, but there’s much work to be done. In honour of our mother and all of those affected by this disease, for 2021 we’re launching a bold unisex campaign to get both women and men talking. If we can detect this disease early, it will be a game changer for women’s health.”

The 2021 limited-edition t-shirts (available in black or white) and luxe camel-hued hoodie will be available to Kiwis online at, and Camilla & Marc is encouraging those who buy a piece to share their experience on social media with the tags #ovariestalkaboutthem #powerandsolidarity and #camillaandmarc.