Met Gala 2021 is almost here: How to watch, who's hosting and everything to know

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See some of the biggest celebrities arrive on the steps of New York's Metropolitan Museum for "fashion's biggest night."
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The Met Gala is almost upon us again, after organizers canceled last year's event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of an event in May, which is when the gala usually takes place at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, there'll be an "intimate gala" next week to kick off a two-part exhibit by the Met's Costume Institute. This year, the exhibit will touch on sociopolitical topics including body inclusivity and gender fluidity, according to organizers. There will also be a fully plant-based menu for attendees to enjoy.

You'll be able to watch a livestream of the event and see some of the world's biggest celebrities arrive on the steps of the Met in their eye-catching ensembles. Here's everything to know about how to catch the action, and how "fashion's biggest night out" is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. It's organized by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and typically is timed to coincide with the opening of the museum's annual fashion exhibition. Many top Hollywood stars, fashion moguls and creatives flock to the event each year, which kicks off with a high-profile red carpet arrival. Past Met Galas have given us iconic looks like Princess Diana's 1996 navy Dior slip dress and Rihanna's 2015 Guo Pei yellow gown with a massive train.

Each year, attendees base their outfits on the exhibit's theme. In 2019, for instance, the Met Gala theme was "Camp: Notes on Fashion," which surrounded the idea of "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration," Vogue reported. Guests dressed in everything from a chandelier to feathers and wings. In 2018, the theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." Invitees donned veils, capes and even nativity scene headpieces. Needless to say, the themes are very much open to interpretation.

When will this year's event take place and who is chairing it?

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