You’ve probably heard about Met Gala, but you have no idea what it is. In case you don’t know, Met Gala is formally called Costume Institute Gala. It’s a red carpet party held every first Monday of May to raise money for the benefit of Costume Institute.
Met Gala is dubbed by many as the party of the year primarily because the tickets to the philanthropic event are among the hardest to obtain. Wealth alone is not enough to get you an invite, making it highly coveted. In fact, the event is by invitation-only. If you notice in the previous Met Gala affair, not all Hollywood A-listers are invited.
To be included on the invitation list, one has to be popular and talented too! Guests are a mix of film, fashion, business, and politics biggies.
As mentioned above, the timeless and sophisticated Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is in control of everything in the party down to the tiniest detail as walking of celebrities in the red carpet. She has the last say on who sits with whom in every table. So now it’s clear why your favorite celebrity was not invited.
As for the cost of the tickets to this party, it’s $30,000 each, while tables are $275,000 apiece. I know, right? It’s not called party of the year for nothing. But of course, a great chunk of the money raised from the affair will be donated to the Costume Institute. Last year, they were able to raised over $12.5 million.
Starting last year, posting on social media has been prohibited, only the red carpet event photos are allowed for sharing to the public, but after that, it’s a secret. But here’s what the insiders have shared—hosts and guests have receiving lines inside and they have to file by and air-kiss each other. They will then be ushered to the exhibit area on their way to the cocktail gathering. In short, they are “at least theoretically forced to see the culture.”
Next is dinner, which is usually infused with entertainment. While the red carpet is a big event for televiewers (also a huge marketing event), the main part of the event is actually private, allowing everyone in the party to relax and really have fun.
Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
That’s the theme of this year’s exhibit. No ones exactly knows what it means. All that’s out is that guests are supposed to show off costumes that look like futuristic robots or whatever you call it. Let’s give our minds a rest from trying to make sense of what they are wearing, let’s give it to them, after all, fashion is their business. We have no business asking when they actually look good on it.
Take for example these 12 beautiful ladies in their interpretation of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Let’s start with (almost) everyone’s favorite.
Taylor Swift in a Louis Vuitton mini dress, paired with ballerina heels and Eva Fehren accessories
Emma Watson in black-and-white, off-the-shoulder dress by Calvin Klein that is actually made of recycled plastic bottles
Emily Ratajkowski is braless in a backless gown by Prabal Gurung
Ciara showed some serious skin in a custom H&M
Rita Ora in Vera Wang dress is as sexy as ever
Lupita Nyong’o sporting an attention grabbing hairstyle and a Calvin Klein metallic green dress
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks statuesque in a one-shoulder white gown with a daring thigh-split by Ralph Lauren
Kendall Jenner looks confident and sexy in her Versace dress
Cindy Crawford in a Balmain silver dress showing us why she’s called a supermodel
Kate Hudson looks younger than 37 in her wedding gown–like dress by Atelier Versace
Lily Aldridge shine flawlessly in a custom-made Michael Kors Collection
Bella Hadid shows off her long legs in a black Givenchy dress