• Anna Wintour’s team is reportedly urging every ticket holder to donate the amount they paid to attend the event instead of getting refunds
  • A source told Page Six that Wintour's team is requesting people to turn their tickets into donations
  • Met Gala is one of the high-class events to get canceled because of the pandemic

Met Gala is one of the high-class events that had to be canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The annual event where celebrities show their unique sense of style was due to take place on May 4. But the organizers decided to postpone the star-studded event to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The cancellation has left people wondering if those who bought the tickets to be part of this year’s show will be able to get refunds. But it seems the Metropolitan Museum of Art has some other plans.

According to Page Six, Anna Wintour’s team is urging every ticket holder to donate the amount they paid to attend the event instead of getting refunds. A source told the media outlet that the arts and culture community around the world has suffered huge losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The insider further stated that Met Gala is the primary source of funding for the costume industry and it would be really difficult for them to pay employees if funding were to stop.

“As the global arts and culture community, and the Met, suffer huge losses as a result of the pandemic, and as the Met Gala is the Costume Institute's primary source of annual funding,” the source said.

The source further stated that Wintour’s team at Vogue has been getting in touch with everyone, urging them to generously turn their tickets into donations. However, the source also mentioned that the tickets will be refunded if their owners do not want to donate money.

“They hope guests will consider generously turning their tickets to this fundraiser into a donation or transfer tickets toward next year's gala. If that is not possible, the money will, of course, be refunded,” the source said.

The star-studded event hosts a lot of famous faces every year and this year would have been no different. In March, Wintour announced that the event has been postponed until the situation gets better. The letter stated that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has decided to “close” its doors because of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Vogue reported that the museum set an email to all the staffers, stating that the museum will be closed until further notice.

She also noted that the museum has taken a wise and “responsible” decision in closing its doors to the public.

Hollywood A-listers like Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Lin-Manuel Miranda were supposed to host the ceremony this year. Streep was all set to attend her first-ever Met Gala.  The theme for this year’s event has also been revealed and it was “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”

Jennifer Lopez At The Met Gala 2015 Jennifer Lopez attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in a red gown with sheer panels on both sides. Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images