Anna Wintour postpones 2020 Met Gala

Anna Wintour at the 2018 Met Gala

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

However, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour announced in an article published on Vogue.com on Monday that the event would be delayed indefinitely.

"One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute's exhibition, About Time," she wrote. "Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled."

Wintour added that fashion fans would be give a preview of the "extraordinary exhibition" in the May 2020 issue of Vogue.

While guests had not yet been announced, the evening's co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton's Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been closed since last Thursday, with executives abiding by the recommendation from officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that all gatherings of more than 50 people be suspended for the immediate future to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala's history, it has been cancelled twice - following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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