NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has racked up some serious star power for the return of its annual gala.
Musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman, actor Timothée Chalamet and tennis star Naomi Osaka are set to co-chair New York’s fashion fete of the year when the Met Gala returns in September, the institution announced Monday.
Honorary chairs for the evening will be designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
“Met Gala here we come. Honored to co-host alongside giants,” Gorman, who electrified the world with her poetry at President Biden’s inauguration, said on Facebook and Instagram Monday.
Chalamet, who earned an Oscar nomination for his breakthrough role in “Call Me by Your Name,” shared his own Instagram post Monday that garnered more than 2 million likes with its ensemble of images showing the famed Met steps and his co-chairs.
He also shared a viral meme that allegedly shows singer Jason Derulo tumbling down the Met Gala steps several years ago. In reality, it depicts neither Derulo, who didn’t even attend the gala, nor the Met, hinting Chalamet plans to approach this year’s glamorous gathering with some wit.
He wouldn’t be the first. For 2018′s “Heavenly Bodies” ball, Rihanna dressed as high-fashion Pope while Zendaya went as Joan of Arc in a custom Versace gown that looked like gleaming armor.
Last year’s Met Gala was set to be co-chaired by Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emma Stone, but it was postponed and ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Known for its star-studded red carpet, abstract themes and outlandish fashions, the Met Gala provides the primary source of annual funding for the Met’s Costume Institute.
The over-the-top event usually takes place the first Monday in May, but this year’s “more intimate” affair is scheduled for Sept. 13, “pending government guidelines,” the Met said Monday.