The Met Gala is the most prestigious fashion event of the year. Its exclusive guest list is filled with “it” models, designers and industry big-hitters, all personally approved by Vogue Editor-in-Chef Anna Wintour.
While the entire point of the gala is to raise funds for the Met’s Costume Institute (it raised an impressive $12 million last year), it’s the attendees’ outfits which take center-stage. In recent years, a post-Lemonade Beyonce turned up looking like she’d skinned “Becky with the good hair” (in the best way possible), Jaden Smith carried his dreadlocks as an accessory, while a host of other celebrities have worn outfits that were crying out to become memes.
Below, everything you need to know about the Met Gala 2018.
The Met Gala is the annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. The invite-only event is helmed by Vogue’s Anna Wintour who controls the extremely-exclusive guest list. (Only 600 people were invited to last year’s gala — and given the chance to purchase tickets for $30,000.)
The Met Gala, previously called The Costume Institute Gala, also marks the grand opening of the Met’s annual fashion exhibition which has previously held shows in homage to Rei Kawakubo and Alexander McQueen, along with more general exhibitions looking at the influence of China on global fashion and how punk influenced designers.
#TBT to our 2013 exhibition “Punk: Chaos to Couture” that focused on the impact of punk in fashion, from the original garments through the borrowing of its visual symbols by haute couture. #costumeinstitute #themet
The Met Gala is always on the first Monday in May; this year the event falls on May 7.
Like its name suggests, the Met Gala takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, otherwise known as the Met. The outside of the venue is closed off to the public and is transformed entirely, with stars posing for photos on the carpet.
La Perla at the Met
This year’s Met Gala theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The exhibition will explore fashion’s relationship with the Catholic church and features designs from Coco Chanel, John Galliano, and Cristóbal Balenciaga, alongside 40 pieces on loan from the Vatican.
Met Gala attendees are supposed to dress to fit with the exhibition, but most celebrities brazenly ignore the theme. Thankfully, we have Rihanna who has been killing in on the Met Gala red carpet of late. In 2015, the singer wore a meme-inspiring Guo Pei gown that perfectly matched the “China: Through the Looking Glass” theme, while at last year’s ode to Rei Kawakubo, Rihanna was one of the few stars to actually wear COMME des GARÇONS — and it was fresh off the runway.
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Each year, the Met Gala invites celebrities to serve as honorary hosts for the event alongside Anna Wintour. Previous hosts have included Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady.
This year’s hosts are Donatella Versace, Amal Clooney and Rihanna. We already knew Rihanna would be the stand-out celebrity at the event, but now she’s been promoted to co-host status, we predict that her outfit will rise to mark the occasion.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Met Gala 2018? Let us know in the comments below.
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