Amanda Gorman captivated the globe as she delivered the powerful poem, The Hill We Climb, at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. Now the young poet will co-chair the Met Gala alongside Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish and Naomi Osaka. Gorman has described the experience as a “Cinderella” moment. And her fairy godmother? Anna Wintour.
In the age of technology and an ongoing pandemic, Wintour didn’t appear in a fashionable puff of smoke. Rather, the lauded editor took to Zoom.
“The closest analogy is feeling like Cinderella going to the ball,” Gorman told PORTER. “Anna Wintour took the time to ask me over Zoom; I was not expecting that at all.”
It is safe to say that despite Gorman’s catapult to fame, she’s star struck by her fellow co-chairs.
It “feels like being a freshman at a party with seniors,” she continued. “You know? Like I just arrived here. My life has changed quite recently and they are all at the top of their game, and so I’m just absorbing what it means to be able to stand beside their greatness.”
“There is something unifying in us being young and fresh-faced but, at the same time, we have become somewhat emblematic of our industries,” she continued. “We are the new generation — and you’d better watch out.”
Earlier this year the Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed the gala would return following last year’s lockdown in two parts. Part one, “America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, will debut on September 18, 2021, and run through to May 5, 2022. The exhibition will be celebrated through a scaled-down event on September 13.
Part two, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”, will open on May 5, 2022 with the red carpet event to return to normal scheduling in 2022.
The gala was cancelled in 2020 with Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Nicolas Ghesquiere who were set to co-chair the event.
We can’t wait for all the fashion.