The Met Gala exhibit will include clothes worn by Washington, Lincoln

Every year, society’s elite show off their fashion prowess at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s prestigious Costume Institute Gala⁠—and this year, a few founding fathers will be among them.

This year’s gala theme, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” or “Gilded Glamour,” pays homage to the second volume of the Costume Institute exhibit, the first part of which opened in September. The full display will feature looks worn by the nation’s most notable leaders, including former Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Entering the exhibit’s American vintage rooms, elite party-goers will come across a coat that some say Washington wore during his inauguration, as well as a Brooks Brothers-designed coat that Lincoln wore when he was inaugurated. ‘he was murdered, which is only partially intact, according to Vogue.

The pieces serve to showcase the realities of fashion across the country’s history, though some fall far short of the fantastical imagery the Met Gala has become associated with.

This year, the gala returned to its traditional date of the first Monday in May after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 installation of the classic New York event, to celebrate the opening of the first part of the exhibition, took place in September due to a coronavirus-related postponement.

Around 600 guests will attend Monday night’s festivities, co-chaired by Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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