She was staunch at the start, but with the Covid-19 pandemic only worsening Met Gala matriarch Anna Wintour has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Met Gala indefinitely.

“Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will be postponed to a later date,” Wintour wrote on Vogue.

Arguably the biggest night on the fashion calendar, the annual red carpet event will not go ahead on the first Monday in May – this year scheduled for May 4 – as cultural institutions around the world shut their doors to thwart the spread of the disease.

On Friday, the Metropolitan Museum announced it would be closing its doors until Saturday April 4 on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

With this year’s theme, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” the exhibition was sponsored by luxury house Louis Vuitton and co-chaired by the houses’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière. The 2020 Met Gala was also part of the Met’s wider 150th anniversary celebration.

As major events around the world are cancelled due to Coronavirus, it comes as no surprise that the Met Gala too has fallen in its wake.