Referred as the Super Bowl of fashion, each year on the first Monday in May, all the hierarchies and celebrities are gathered for the annual fundraising gala. Everyone who is anyone comes to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts to celebrate the Costume Institute's exhibits and the changing themes.
It all began in 1948 by a fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert. The first gala was a midnight dinner and tickets were $50 dollars each. Over the decades it has become the grand affair and the party of the year. Met Gala is considered one of the biggest fundraising nights in New York - we're talking MILLIONS...
Okay, so about the theme this year and why?!
Dress codes vary each year. If you remember the last years theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion. And the year before, it was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - in which Rihanna killed the pope look. It was also my favorite themes.
This year it will be about Time: Fashion and Duration.
Andrew Bolton got the inspiration for the Met Gala 2020 from a 1992 Sally Potter film Orlando. There was a scene were Tilda Swinton enters the maze in an 18th century woman's robe and as she's running through the maze, her clothes change to mid 19th century dress. She re-emerges in 1850's England.
In New York Times, Andrew stated that “Fashion is indelibly connected to time. It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times.”
Who gets invited?!
While all the details are hush-hush, the invitation is sent out to the world's best achievers - a.k.a the most popular people in the world. However, the list changes each year. Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and a chairwoman of Gala events since 1995, decides who gets on the list.
Cost of Attending!
Each year, the event hosts around 600 guests. When I first found out how much the tickets cost to attend Met Gala, I nearly fell off my chair. If you are not on the list but managed to get a chance to attend, tickets are priced at $30,00 dollars each and the tables cost about $275,000. That's just the price of entry. You need a designer gown, jewelry, shoes and transportation.
Don't forget to tune in on Monday, the 4th of May at 7pm EDT.