Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka to co-chair 2021 Met Gala

The star-studded affair is also going to be a very Gen Z one
Published May 3, 2021 1:16 p.m. EST
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This year's Met Gala co-chairs have officially been announced by Vogue, and include quite a Gen Z team: Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman.

Honorary chairs will be designer Tom Ford, Instagram head Adam Mosseri and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, while this year's theme will be American fashion. Hopefully that means we can expect a whole lot of denim and red-white-and-blue chaos.

While the usual gala takes place – famously – on the first Monday of May, there was no gala to accompany 2020's big exhibit, so the fashion party of the year was essentially pushed back a good year and a half to September 13 after the COVID-19 pandemic began. It's supposedly set to be a smaller, more intimate celebration.

This year's exhibit will be in two parts, with the first being “In America,” a small show set for September, and the second being "a continued look into the glories of our domestic fashion industry," to be unveiled in 2022 on, you guessed it, the first Monday of May.

As for the co-chairs, Chalamet, 26, Eilish, 19, Osaka, 23, and Gorman, 23, are some of the youngest the Met Gala has ever selected, though Vogue notes they've already "made their mark in fashion" through their individual style and goals of breaking barriers.

While it's hard to say how exactly the cherubic Chalamet, who was named one of the most influential men in fashion in 2019, has done the latter, Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles, ranked number one by the Women's Tennis Association, the reigning champion at the US Open, a vocal social justice advocate, and launched her own academy for girls to help raise their participation in sports last year in Japan. She is also the new face of Louis Vuitton.

Gorman, meanwhile, is a poet, activist, model, was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, and read the inaugural poem at U.S. President Joe Biden's swearing in earlier this year. Her work's focus is often on oppression and marginalization.

Eilish, who has always been a vocal proponent of doing things your own way and, most prominently, body positivity, debuted a new look on the cover of British Vogue just this weekend, in which she said, "It's all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f--- it – if you feel like you look good, you look good."

In other words, this year's Met Gala is bound to be a fascinating time.


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