Every year on the first Monday of May, Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit organize Met Gala to raise money for the Costume Institute. On the other hand, this Gala have been called many things like “the Oscars of the East Coast”, “the party of the year” etc. because many celebrities come in this event & pose on the grand entrance stairs to the museum.
Who is the host and who will attend this event ?
The hosts of the event is Anna Wintour, CEO of Vogue and the creative director of Gucci Alessandro Michele who once had a show in which models carried “dragon puppies” as well as casts of their own heads, Harry Styles and Lady Gaga, who needs no explanation. Now the question arises, Is this a costume party ? Almost, but not exactly. It isn’t stated that all the attendees have to dress in the style of the exhibition but it is encouraged to dress up. Suppose, if the celebrities are invited by brand then they have to wear clothes from that brand. This happens because brands get to the best stars and also they can cat as an advertisement for a house. One more reason is that whenever designers photographed on the red carpet, their dates are always famous personalities. If we talk about last year, Nicolas Ghesquière brought Emma Stone, Michelle Williams and Alicia Vikander.
What is the theme of this year ?
Theme for last yea was “Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in which things got really extreme, Rihanna came as the pope, Katy Perry wore enormous angel wings and Sarah Jessica Parker had an entire nativity scene on her head. The theme for this year Met Gala is “Camp: Notes on Fashion”.
Who can attend this event ?
This exclusive Gala is invitation only event and nobody can attend it if you don’t have invitation. There are some other cultural fun-raisers events in New York City like Ballet Gala or the Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball which you can attend. The only way to attend this Gala is that you have to do with buzz and achievement and the gospel according to Anna, more than money. Wintour has final say over every invitation which means that even if a company buys a table, it cannot choose everyone who sits at its table. It must clear the guest with her and Vogue pray for approval.
What is the ticket cost ?
Tickets of this Met Gala cost $35,000 apiece and tables range from $200,000 to $300,000. The party and exhibition are sponsored by companies and this year it is Gucci. All the money from ticket sales goes to the Costume Institute.
What happens in the event ?
It’s another secret because from the last three years, posting on social media has been banned after the red carpet. According to New York Times article, there is a receiving line inside with the hosts, guest are welcome by the hosts and then tour the exhibition on their way to cocktail party followed by dinner and there is always some mode of entertainment. Last year is was Madonna and this year it could be Mr. Styles or Lady Gaga.