The Met Gala Did Happen, and It Went on for 24 Hours

On Instagram, celebrities like Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, and Emily Ratajkowski are mourning the cancellation of the Met Gala, posting memories of their past looks on the famed museum’s steps. But over on Twitter, the party is in full swing. 

As reported by The New York Times, a group of young women are hosting a 24-hour HF Twit Met Gala, encouraging any and all users to join in the festivities. This virtual first Monday in May has been in the works since November, when a 19 year-old University of Michigan aerospace engineering student named Aria Olson decided to host an online Met Gala for members of “hft,” or high fashion twitter (the lower case lettering is theirs).

In the same way that Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Emma Stone were to co-chair the actual event, which is helmed by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Olson chose 10 fellow enthusiasts to serve as coordinators. As Vogue reported, the full team consists of Alejandra Beltran, Chloe Kennedy, Jana Dragićević, Margaux Merz, Perla Montan, Raebele, Rebeca Spitz, Samantha Haran, Senam Attipoe, and Sofía Abadi. None are older than 22. The youngest, Dragićević, is 15.

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