The 2020 Met Gala Ball Is Cancelled but We've Still Got These Memorable Moments From Met Carpets Past

May 4, the first Monday of May, was supposed to be the 150th anniversary of the Met Gala in New York. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic, fashion's biggest night was cancelled this year.

"About Time: Fashion and Duration" was the original theme for the 2020 Met Gala, inspired by the 1992 Sally Porter film Orlando. It was meant to accompany the spring exhibition at the museum. Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Met's Costume Institute, told Vogue at the time that the 2020 exhibit was "nuanced and open-ended" and a "reimagining of fashion history that's fragmented, discontinuous, and heterogeneous."

Met Gala 2020 Theme, About Time: Fashion and Duration, Explained
Lady Gaga attends the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York City. The 2020 gala was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

"There's a wonderful scene in which Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th-century woman's robe à la Francaise, and as she runs through it, her clothes change to mid-19th-century dress, and she re-emerges in 1850s England. That's where the original idea came from," Bolton continued. "What I like about [Virginia] Woolf's version of time is the idea of a continuum. There's no beginning, middle, or end. It's one big fat middle. I always felt the same about fashion. Fashion is the present."

Despite the cancellation, fashion fanatics have recreated some of their favorite red carpet looks and shared them on social media using the hashtag #MetGalaChallenge. Fans can also check out some of the most memorable looks from Met Galas past. Keep scrolling for some stylish nostalgia.

In 2019…

Jared Leto Met Gala 2019
Jared Leto entered the 2019 gala which had the theme "Camp: Notes On Fashion," with his head held up high, well, one of them. Angela Weiss

Also 2019 - "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

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In 2019, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner rocked bold looks on the red carpet. Kevin Tachman/MG19/Getty Images

More from 2019…

Celine Dion Met Gala
Celine Dion was a bird in crystal plumage at the 2019 gala. Getty Images

In 2018…

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Rihanna was was papal tigress at the 2018 which had the theme, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Image

In 2018…

Chadwick Boseman 2018 Met Gala
Chadwick Boseman rocked an embroidered ensemble the 2018 gala, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." Dia Dipasupil/WireImage

In 2017, the them was "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between"…

Katy Perry Met Gala 2017
Katy Perry wore a red layered outfit of tulle, chiffon and satin at the 2017 gala. J. Kempin/Getty

In 2016 the "Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"…

Beyonce at the Met Gala
Beyoncé wore this skintight gown with Victorian sleeves. Neilson Barnard/Getty

In "China: Through the Looking Glass"…

MET Gala
Rihanna and her train have entered the station. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

In 2012…

Florence Welch Met Gala 2012
Florence Welch showed the the impossible was possible at the 2012 gala "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations." Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Dr Alistair McInnes, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University,

Plus, some iconic throwbacks…

Princess Diana 1996 Met Gala
Princess Diana, "Christian Dior," look was class meeting a classic. JOHN STILLWELL/AFP

In 1985…

Cher Met Gala 1985
Cher was the jewel in the crown of the 1985 gala which had the theme"Costumes of Royal India." Rose Hartman/Getty
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