Timothée Chalamet Is Hosting the 2021 Met Gala
Claire Miles - May 25, 2021

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

He’s only 25, but Timothée Chalamet is already an Oscar-nominated actor, and social media phenom. His recent films, including Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird have been released to critical acclaim. But aside from his acting chops, Chalamet has established himself as something of a Hollywood fashion icon, perfecting his statement street-style look on and off the red carpet. As his fame has grown, Chalamet has partnered with luxe fashion labels to craft memorable outfits. He reportedly has worn custom outfits made by designers like Haider Ackermann, Virgin Abloh, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, and Gucci.


As a result, it’s no surprise that Timothée Chalamet has been asked to headline the Met Gala, also known as the “Fashion Oscars.” The black-tie event, which raises funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, is widely considered the fashion industry’s biggest night. The glam event is invite-only—with tickets reportedly costing over $30,000 and tables going for $275,000 — and has already sold out.  The gala is traditionally held the first Monday in May, but has been pushed back to September 13 in hopes that many Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted by then. The 2020 Met Gala was canceled due to the pandemic. Guests in years past have included everyone from Kim Kardashian, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Performers have included Cher, Rihanna, and The Weeknd. Chalamet’s co-hosts will include fashion powerhouse Tom Ford, tennis star Naomi Osaka, and pop-star Billie Eilish.

Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue has organized the bash since 1995. Each year, Wintour selects a timely theme for the gala, which celebrities must interpret in their fashion choices for the red carpet. In honor of the beginning of the end of Covid-19 lockdowns, Wintour has chosen American Independence as this year’s theme.