The second Monday in September has adopted new COVID-19 precautions.


The Met Gala is doing things a little differently this year, obviously. First Monday in May? I don't know her. The gala will commence for the first time since 2019 on Sept. 13, but it's hardly business as usual. 

In addition to the necessary date change, a Met spokesperson confirmed to People that attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination and wear masks indoors. So, essentially, it's now a masquerade ball. Cc: Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray — show us how it's done, preferably set to a rendition of "I'll Be."

The Met Gala Has a New Dress Code
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The Costume Institute's 2021 exhibition is split into two parts, which will explore dual themes: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" and "In America: An Anthology of Fashion." The first of the two will open on Sept. 18; the second will debut May 5, 2022. 

This year's gala is getting an infusion of youth with Gen-Z co-chairs Timothée ChalametBillie EilishNaomi Osaka, and Amanda Gorman kicking off fashion's biggest (and most exclusive) night.