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The Met Gala Has Been Postponed ‘Indefinitely’

The Met Gala, the buzziest fashion-society-politics-celebrity gathering of the year, just ran out of time. On Monday, the museum announced that in order to avoid gatherings of 50 people or more, as per health guidance around the outbreak of the new coronavirus, “all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed.”

That programming includes the annual fund-raising party, which heralds the opening of the Costume Institute’s yearly blockbuster and has become the starriest draw of the New York gala circuit — as well as its most lucrative. According to a spokesperson for the museum, no new date or further plans for the party, originally scheduled for May 4 and meant to unveil the show “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” had been announced.

Chaired by Anna Wintour, the artistic director of Condé Nast, the gala is both a party that attracts millions of eyeballs on social media as guests attempt to out-dress one another and a vehicle for securing the annual operating budget of the Costume Institute, the only curatorial department in the museum required to pay for itself. In 2019, the gala for the exhibit “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” raised $15 million.

In a statement posted on the Vogue website, Ms. Wintour called the decision “unavoidable and responsible” — and promised a preview of this year’s planned exhibition in the May issue of Vogue.

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