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Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish will co-chair the Met Gala this year. Photo: AFP

Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman named co-chairs of 2021 Met Gala

  • Four celebrities under the age of 30 will co-chair the 2021 Met Gala, the biggest one-off fashion event on the global calendar
  • ‘Met Gala here we come. Honored to co-host alongside giants,’ poet Amanda Gorman, who electrified the US presidential inauguration, posted on social media

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 on 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 on Monday.


Chalamet, who earned an Oscar nomination for his breakthrough role in Call Me by Your Name, shared his own Instagram post on 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 - a hint that Chalamet plans to approach this year’s glamorous gathering with some wit.

This year’s Met Gala co-chairs (from left) Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka. Photo: AP

He wouldn’t be the first. For 2018′s Heavenly Bodies ball, Rihanna dressed as a high-fashion Pope, while Zendaya went as Joan of Arc in a custom Versace gown that looked like gleaming armour.

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 cancelled 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.

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The over-the-top event usually takes place on the first Monday in May, but this year’s “more intimate” affair is scheduled for September 13 “pending government guidelines”, the Met said on Monday.

It will be followed by a larger gala scheduled for May 2022. Both will launch related pieces of a retrospective of American fashion.

The 2019 Met Gala’s celebrity co-chairs were Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams. The year before that, Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace held the titles.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez arrive for the 2018 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the biggest one-off fashion event of the year in the world. Photo: AFP

Each year’s chairs are selected by Wintour, who has been in charge of the gala since 1995.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Musicians, actors and sports stars named co-chairs of next Met Gala