The Met Gala has been called many things, from “the party of the year” to “the Oscars of the East Coast”, and, somewhat pointedly, “an A.T.M for the Met” by the publicist Paul Wilmot—yet, little of us know what the soirée is truly about under its many layers of monikers.
So, to get you up to speed (knowledge is power after all), here’s everything you need to know about the Met Gala in under five minutes.
What Is The Met Gala?
The Met Gala is a fundraising black-tie extravaganza for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments that has to fund itself. It also marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night.
When & Where Does It Take Place?
It is held annually and takes place every first Monday in the month of May. The event is held at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum, while the celebrities continue the after party at the Temple of Dendur, which is within the museum walls.
Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue and the artistic director of Condé Nast, has served as the Met Gala co-chair nearly every year since 1995. This year, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams joined her in hosting the extravaganza.
Honorary chairwomen are Ms. Rei Kawakubo and Caroline Kennedy, the former United States ambassador to Japan.
What Is This Year’s Theme?
This year, the exhibition is titled “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.”
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Costume Institute curator in charge Andrew Bolton in a press release. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.
How Much Does It Cost?
Tickets come up to at least $30,000 apiece, while tables are about $275,000. The party and exhibition are both sponsored, so money from ticket sales will be contributed to the Costume Institute. Last year, approximately $13.5 million was raised.
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