Billie Eilish is making her Met Gala debut as host of the prestigious fashion charity event.
On Monday, May 3, the Costume Institute announced that the “Bad Guy” singer will make history at the 2021 Met Gala as the youngest co-chair in prom history.
“Eilish’s drive to adopt an aesthetic as innovative as her music pushed emerging brands into the limelight and questioned old rules of how a pop star should dress,” Vogue springs from the Grammy winner.
The 19-year-old singer will share her hosting duties with actor Timothée Chalamet, tennis star Naomi Osaka and poet Amanda Gorman. The evening’s honorary presidents will be Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour.
“Chalamet, Eilish, Osaka and Gorman have all developed a distinct visual language for their public figures, a language that draws inspiration from the heritage of iconic made in the USA fashion”, Vogue added.
What is the Met Gala?
The Costume Institute Gala, better known as The Met Ball or Met Gala, is a fundraiser dedicated to the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, which honors the American VogueAnna Wintour, editor-in-chief. Wintour has chaired the museum’s gala since 1995.
According to Glamor UK, the benefit was founded in 1948 by publicist Eleanor Lambert to encourage donations from New York’s high society.
The Met Gala marks the opening night of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion show inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The theme of the exhibition sets the tone for the gala and guests should dress accordingly.
What does the Met Gala co-chair do?
The role of a co-chair encompasses everything from putting together the guest list, menu, setting selection, maintaining aesthetics and creating the overall mood for the evening.
Eilish, Chalamet, Osake and Gorman are expected to walk the carpet and dress according to the theme.
In the past, Met Gala hosts have taken the stage during dinner, so Eilish will likely take off her co-chair’s hat for an exclusive performance for the lucky attendees.
What’s the theme of the 2021 Met Gala?
The next Met Gala will be in two parts: the first segment will open on September 18, 2021 and the second on May 2, 2022. The themes are “In America: A Fashion Lexicon” and “In America: A Fashion Anthology.”
The first and second parts will close on September 5, 2022.