One of the biggest nights in the fashion world, the Met Gala, has officially been postponed.
Schedule to take place May 4, the Met Gala has decided to follow the current trend of canceling major events to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Friday, the Metropolitan Museum announced it was temporarily shutting its doors, which caused speculation that the gala’s organizers would call for the cancellation of the event.
Chairwoman Anna Wintour confirmed on Vogue.com that the fundraiser would not be held as planned.
“Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala will be postponed to a later date,” she said.
The annually held red carpet event, hosted by Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, is a celebrity fundraiser for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This year’s theme, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” sponsored by French fashion house and luxury retail company Louis Vuitton, dubbed the event as a journey through the history of fashion from 1870 to the present.
Wintour added that the magazine would nonetheless be previewing the “extraordinary exhibition” in its May issue.
In a statement released to CNN, a museum spokesperson wrote: “The Museum will remain closed through Saturday, April 4. Additionally, the CDC advised over the weekend that there should not be any gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. In deference to this guidance, all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed.”
Elsewhere, Wintour also slammed Trump for his response to the pandemic and endorsed Joe Biden for president.
“I, like so many of us, have been appalled by how he has responded to the pandemic,” Wintour said.
“The optimistic and fact-free assurances that all will be fine, the chaotic implementation of travel bans and claims about a ‘foreign virus,’ the narcissistic ease with which he has passed the blame to others, his dishonesty with the American people, and worst of all, his shocking lack of empathy and compassion for those who are suffering and fearful,” Wintour wrote, listing Trump’s mistakes. She added that “his administration has been unforgivably slow to provide testing, and to mobilize treatment to all who will need it.”