“Normally on the first Monday in May, I would find myself on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, greeting the guests for the annual Costume Institute gala. Instead, I find myself at home, like most of you,” said Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour in her opening address for “A Moment With the Met,” which took place on Monday, May 4.
Historically, the first Monday in May has marked an iconic night for fashion and the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met gala, which has long been dedicated to raising funds for the Met’s Costume Institute. This year, we shared a celebration of Met galas past. Throughout the day, Vogue looked back at highlights from previous years, from breathtaking red-carpet ensembles to memorable moments, concluding with the livestreamed event “A Moment With the Met”—an intimate celebration featuring Florence + the Machine and a DJ set from Virgil Abloh.
“It would be impossible to recreate the Met gala here tonight,” Wintour said, introducing Florence Welch. “Nonetheless, I have asked a friend to join us on Vogue’s YouTube channel to give us a special moment of joy and of hope. She performed at the Met nearly a decade ago and she very graciously told me that it was one of the most extraordinary moments of her life. I am so touched and so grateful that she has agreed to sing for us tonight.” Watch the live performance of Florence + the Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love” below:
To commemorate “A Moment With the Met,” Vogue will make a donation to both the Costume Institute and A Common Thread, and asks viewers to consider contributing to either organization if they are able.
Because of the global health crisis, the Costume Institute’s “About Time: Fashion and Duration” exhibition has been postponed until October 29. Preview the exhibition, as captured by Hamish Bowles and Annie Leibovitz for the May issue of Vogue, here. A new date for the 2020 Met gala is yet to be finalized.