The Met Gala has officially been postponed

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Following suit from other events cancelled worldwide due to the Coronavirus (including Coachella), the Met Gala has now officially been postponed indefinitely. It was due to take place on Monday 4th May.

This comes after the Met closed down last week, due to two employees displaying symptoms of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also advised all Americans to not attend gatherings of more than 50 people over the next eight weeks.

Many celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Ashley Graham and Sarah Hyland, have also started practicing self isolation and social distancing. Actors Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Idris Elba have also been tested positive for COVID-19, though their lives aren't thought to be at risk.

Many designers have also cancelled upcoming fashion shows, including Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Prada.

This year the theme, About Time: Fashion and Duration, marks the Met’s 150th anniversary, and will be partly inspired by Virginia Woolf and the theories of the early-20th-century French philosopher Henri Bergson.

Anna Wintour, who is chairwoman for the gala, wrote today on Vogue online, 'One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time. 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. In the meantime, we will give you a preview of this extraordinary exhibition in our forthcoming May issue.'

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.