One of the first signs that the coronavirus would present radical challenges for the fashion world was the cancelation last spring of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, the annual exhibition and accompanying party that has become the industry’s biggest night. Its red carpet merges designer prowess with entertainment industry star power. And the exhibitions themselves can set off trends that reverberate through the industry for years. The 2019 Camp exhibition, for example, helped usher in an exuberant, free-for-all era of celebrity dressing that quickly trickled down into street style; 2012’s Savage Beauty exhibition, focused on the late Alexander McQueen, became one of the most-attended in the Met’s history and made one of fashion’s most challenging designers into a household name.
After taking a year off, the gala and exhibition will return, the museum announced Monday morning. The Met will host a two-part exhibition focused on American