Every first Monday in May of every year, the fashion industry and those interested in art and pop culture look forward to one particular event: the Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit—more popularly known as the Met Gala.
But what really is the Met Gala and what makes it a very important event for the fashion industry? Ahead is a rundown of the things you need to know and more.
Behind Fashion’s Biggest Night
Behind all the designer gowns, bespoke suits, and star-studded sartorial soiree, the Met Gala is actually a charity ball. It is an annual fundraiser for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. The museum is self-funding, which explains why all the money raised through the ball sustains its operations and annual exhibitions. These include the two-part exhibit “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which explores the beginnings of American fashion.
And the Met Gala definitely served its purpose. The event’s organizer and Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, revealed that 2021 Met Gala raised a whopping $16.75 million. Meanwhile, the 2022 Met Gala with a theme of “Gilded Glamour,” recently broke the record by bringing in $17.4 million. The numbers are not surprising when you take into consideration how much would it cost to attend the event.
Insiders reports that a ticket to one of the most prominent and exclusive social events in the world could cost you around $35,000. Meanwhile, a table inside is prized around a hefty $200,000 to $300,000. Take note that unlike other fundraising parties, the Met Gala is invitation only and there is usually a waiting list to get your ticket. Around 600 guests are welcomed to attend—and each one must be approved by Anna Wintour. The guest list typically includes young creatives, renowned celebrities, and industry paragons.
From Haute Couture and Beyond: Why Does the Met Gala Have a Theme?
All the looks and ensembles you see on the red carpet could be a hit or miss, but one thing’s for sure—they are all eccentric. Every year, the gala releases a specific theme that would set the tone of the whole fashion event and inspire the attendee’s dress code for the night. It started with the Met Gala 1995: “Haute Couture,” the French term for “high dressmaking,” as tribute to the art of creating custom-made luxury clothes and exclusive fashion. But what’s the importance of such themes?
Despite being a star-studded fundraising night, the Met Gala, in its core, is a celebration of art in fashion. Plus, the Met Ball signals the official opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition. Each Met Gala theme is picked through careful consideration—does it tell an important story? What does it teach the world about fashion’s culture and history of American fashion and beyond?
Take a look at the 2021 Met Gala with a theme of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” The event celebrated the importance of emerging designers in America in sparking conversations around social and political issues through art. These include body inclusivity, gender fluidity, and sustainability.
The Met Gala is among the most awaited fashion events of the year. Every year, the who’s who of the fashion world descends on New York City to attend the gala, which is held in support of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The event is always a spectacle, with attendees often opting for daring and eye-catching ensembles that push the boundaries of fashion. This year’s theme, “camp,” was no exception, with many attendees channeling their inner Lady Gaga and embracing their more outrageous side.
The Met Gala provides a perfect platform for boundary-pushing fashion. It encourages guests to take risks and experiment with their style, knowing that they will be surrounded by like-minded people who appreciate the art of fashion. For one night each year, the Met Gala allows its guests to let their freak flags fly and celebrate fashion in all its forms. In doing so, it inspires a collective fashion revolution that encourages art enthusiasts around the world to explore their craft and dare to make a difference.
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