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The Met Gala is a fundraising event that takes place annually. The funds raised benefit the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York City. It is held on the first Monday of May to mark the start of the annual fashion exhibit by the Costume Institute.
The Gala has a different theme each year, which dictates the formal dress code of the night. All the guests to the Gala are expected to dress according to the theme given.
The first Met Gala was held in 1948 under the leadership of Eleanor Lambert to collect funds for the Costume Institute. The Gala also saw the launching of the first annual exhibit. The inaugural Gala consisted of dinner at midnight, and it only cost $50 to attend.
When Diana Vreeland became the Costume Institute’s special consultant in 1973, the Met Gala was transformed into a blockbuster and luxurious event. Diana started having the event at the Met. Guests would come in through the Great Hall and have a cocktail and then head to the exhibit downstairs.
She was the first host to open the Costume Exhibit as a venue where she even sprayed the room with fragrance to make it more habitable. The Met Gala is currently the most exclusive and most prominent social event. It has evolved into a glamorous affair, and it is more celebrity-oriented.
What is the Role of Anna Wintour at the Met Gala?
Anna Wintour, the Gala chairwoman since 1995, approves the guest list with the help of Vogue staffers. Anna is the editor-in-chief of Vogue. Wintour took the Gala to another level in 1995 after becoming a co-chair. She turned the event into a red-carpet affair to rival the prestigious Oscars. Through her leadership, the Gala has raised so much money to earn Anna an entire wing in her name at the Costume Institute. The Gala continues to raise 8-figure amounts since she took over the reins.
In her reign at the top, Wintour has raised over $175 million in aid of the Costume Institute with more and more stars gracing the event each year. It is important to note that most of the co-chairs of the Gala in a year like 2016 were in the Forbe’s highest-paid celebrity list.
Who Attends the Met Gala?
Attending the Gala is by invite only. To receive an invite to the Meta Gala, you must have made a mark in film, fashion, modeling, or music. You have to be among the best in your specific field.
Companies sometimes buy tables but do not have a say over who will sit at the table. They have to clear their guest list with Ms. Wintour for approval. Having money does not buy you a ticket to the Met Gala. The waiting list is long, and you only get an invite if after approval by Vogue and Wintour. Therefore, it is safe to say that Anna Wintour runs the show at the Met Gala, and you have to be in her goods books if you ever wish to attend her event.
The event organizers work in collaboration with Vogue. Only Vogue photographers are allowed to take photos of the actual party. Even the guests are forbidden from taking selfies while inside. Vogue officially releases all the photos.
Some of the celebrities who have attended the Met Gala over the years include Diana Ross, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Kim Kardashian, Billy Porter, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, among many other. The Met Gala 2019 raised a total of $ 15 million, the highest amount ever raised in the event.
Designers and brands spend a lot of money on the fundraiser not only out of goodwill but also for public relations purposes. It is a form of public relations in a non-commercial way. Since the event is not televised like the Oscars, brands lean on the celebrities attending the event for exposure.
An example is the outfits that are worn by celebrities. Most of them cannot afford the outfits, and they would not know where else to wear them except for the event. An outfit such as the one worn by Rihanna in 2015 is costly, as it took a lot of time to create. Therefore, the designer used Rihanna to display her capabilities and introduce her to the fashion world.
What is The Cost of a Ticket to The Gala?
The 2019 Met Gala tickets were going for $35,000 while a corporate table was going at $200,000 – $300,000.
Fashion labels and known brands open their wallets to fund the event. Since a lot of brands competing for the market share, they need to find ways to remain relevant. They need to display to the world their creativeness in competing with pop culture to capture the hearts, minds, and hands of their target market.
Attending the Met Gala is vital in connecting with consumers who practice pop culture as the event is the pinnacle of culture, fashion, and art. In 2015, Yahoo was said to have paid $ 3 million for two tables at the Met Gala for the celebrities they sponsored.
A total of 500,000 roses are said to have been used in the Grand Staircase and the Great Hall of the Gala. This is beside the 250,000 silk roses used at the same place. This is all meant to add glamour and beauty to the venue.
What Happens After The Red Carpet Appearance?
After making their appearance at the red carpet, guests look at the art under the exhibition. There are also performances by A-list artists such as Rihanna and Madonna. As with every other party, there is food, and guests get to have dinner at the Gala.
Must you Dress in a Dramatic Outfit to the Met Gala?
You do not have to wear a dramatic outfit but having one will make you the talk of the town. Costumes to the Gala are supposed to go with the theme of the event. Since the event also serves to make a fashion statement, designers try to outdo each other with their outfits.
Most celebrities do not pay for the outfits but are paid by the designers to wear the costumes. One of the reasons is that most of the outfits are too expensive, with some costing $ 1 million, which is beyond what some celebrities can afford. Therefore, attending the event is a form of advertisement for the designer as they display their creativity and imagination to fit the theme. If a celebrity attends the event through the invitation of a designer, the designer pays for their ticket to the Gala.
Creating the most dramatic outfit gets you noticed, and people will want to find out more about you. This is the reason that most of the costumes at the Met Gala are not the traditional everyday outfits. The idea is that a conventional outfit will go unnoticed, which is not beneficial to the designer.
Madonna’s Outfit for Met Gala 2016
Madonna is known to spark controversy, such as from the Catholic Church. In the 2016 event, she wore an outfit that did not cover her butt and breasts. She stood out even in the presence of people who wore glowing gowns or metallic arms.
Although some people did not see anything wrong with the outfit, others criticized her for revealing too much. Madonna dismissed the critics and said that she was trying to make a political statement with the outfit. She wanted to emphasize that women do not have an age where they stop being sexy.
In her Instagram account, Madonna went further to state that we have successfully fought for gay rights and civil rights. However, when it comes to women’s rights, the fight is far from being won as it is still in the dark ages. She said that the notion that a woman cannot be adventurous or convey her sexuality at a certain age is sexist and ageist.
She said that she does not limit her thinking and is not about to start doing so. Women have to take risks for change to occur by being fearless and taking the unpopular stand. Those that had a problem with her dress were displaying their prejudice, and it did not bother her one bit. Madonna said that her outfit was one way of fighting for gender equality by paving the way for all the girls behind her. She quoted Nina Simone, who said that being free is being fearless.
What Was Rihanna’s 2015 Outfit to the Met Gala?
Rihanna went to the Met Gala 2015 dressed in an imperial yellow cape that was fur-trimmed. It was embroidered with scrolls of flora, and she even wore a headdress. She said that she loved the dress, although it was impossible to carry it around.
The Chinese designer who made the dress, Guo Pei, took two years to make the dress. However, the dress was not initially custom made for Rihanna as she found it online when looking for Chinese couture.
Rihanna was one of the few people who attended the 2015 gala to be dressed by a Chinese designer. This was a significant boost for Pei as the world got to see her designs since she also had another one at the Met Gala.
What Are Met Gala Themes?
Every year, the Gala has a different theme that seeks to promote art. Some of the themes in recent years had turned out to be controversial when the celebrities misunderstood their meaning. The themes were introduced by Vreeland in 1973 with the theme “The World of Balenciaga”. Over her 14-year duration at the helm, Diana crafted different themes for the Met Gala up until 1989.
So far, the 2018 Met Gala theme is considered the most controversial as it leaned on religion. The theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” which seemed contradictory for liberal, conservative, and right-wing Catholics.
The exhibit focused on a common notion of what people consider to be the Catholic imagination and how it has embraced designers and artists to shape their creativity. Some of the designers who took part in the exhibition were born and raised as Catholics; hence had a better understanding of the theme. The exhibit was attended by over 1.6 million people in its entire six-month duration.
Among the celebrities who got it right with the theme is Rihanna, who came dressed as the Pope while Katy Perry was dressed as an angel.
When do other People Get to See the Exhibition?
A few days after the party, the Gala opens its doors to the public. The exhibit goes on for a few months, depending on how many people turn up for the event.
How Do You Get on the List of Invitees to the Gala?
Anyone who thinks is a celebrity who wants to attend the Met Gala. However, this is not possible as Anna Wintour and her committee members approve the final list. Planning for the next event starts immediately after the ball is finished. The organizers start by picking the theme for the following year. Wintour then decides who will join her in co-hosting the event.
The organizing team relegates the celebrities to specific designers and assigns them their tables. Once a celebrity is assigned a designer, they have to arrive together with the designer and also sit with them at the table. However, this does not mean that the designer gets in for free, if they are assigned a table, they will have to pay for it to the tune of $200,000 – $300,000 per table or $30,000 for a single ticket. In most cases, the celebrities do not pay a dime as they act as models for the fashion designers.
Planning also involves allocating the celebrities the time of arrival and how long they will be on the red carpet. Since posing at the red carpet is supposed only to take an hour, a lot of planning goes into this to ensure that everyone gets their moment.
All the stars invited to the event have different standings in their particular fields. T is for this reason that the most important of them are slated to arrive last, such as Madonna, Beyonce, and Rihanna. The arrival is also mixed up such that
Designers and stars sometimes come together to break the monotony.
Met Gala 2019
The theme of Met Gala 2019 was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Gucci was the event’s sponsor, and Allessandro Michele and Serena Williams co-chaired the event with Harry Styles and Lady Gaga.
The word ‘camp’ in the theme does not mean tents and sleeping bags. It denotes exaggerated fashion as inspired by Susan Sontag in her essay that denotes it as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”
One of the event’s hosts, Lady Gaga, caused a stir at the red carpet where she appeared in four outfits in quick succession.
She set the mood of the event by first appearing in a huge bright pink gown. The gown was held together by six dancers who also carried black umbrellas. They spread out the dress to make it look like a big neon parachute. Her lips had the same color as the gown, and she wore eyelashes that were quite long. The eyelashes had gold talon adornment wisps that went beyond her face perimeter to look like whiskers.
As usual, Gagas hair was in her custom platinum-blonde hue. It was in a neat bob and had tiny bows at the top.
The second outfit was revealed after Lady Gaga climbed part of the Met stairs. Midway climbing up, Gaga and her tuxedo dressed crew turned around and climbed down the stairs.
They had a change of outfit at the red carpet to the amazement of the crowd. One of the dancers removed her giant bow where Maxwell, the designer, unsnapped, untied, and unzipped Gaga’s pink gown. It revealed a strapless black dress that had an uneven bustle at the hip.
The third dress was revealed after repeating the stairs routine. Underneath the black dress was a pink confection that went all the way to the floor. After the bright pink dress reveals, two members of the Gaga crew hand her a huge cell phone from the ’90s. The cell phone turns out to be a purse that carries a pair of glasses and lipstick. She proceeds to make an urgent call that prompts the removal of the pink gown.
Lady Gaga is left wearing sparkly lingerie, fishnets, and 10-inch platforms. This look was accompanied by the arrival of a wheelbarrow in bright pink with the words “Haus of Gaga” written in gold. The wheelbarrow was full of bottles of pink and rose cowboy hats.
The 2019 Met Gala Exhibition
The exhibition features women and men’s wear with over 200 pieces on display. Also, there were drawings, paintings, and sculptures on display dating from as far back as the 17th century up to today.
Designers who featured in the exhibition include Alexander McQueen, Mugler, Karl Lagerfeld, Virgil Abloh, Rei Kawakubo, among others. Couture gowns by Viktor & Rolf featured in the runways.
The exhibition explored the role of humor, theatricality, irony, and exaggeration in fashion and how it can best be expressed.
The Vatican loaned over 42 items to be displayed at the Met exhibition. One of the items was a papal tiara that is adorned with 18,000 diamonds combined with a mixture of 1,000 sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. A private bodyguard accompanied the tiara on its flight to New York.
The Sistine Chapel choir from the Vatican performed at the Gala, also, many priests attended the event and they took no offense with the way that some of the celebrities were dressed.
One of the event’s special guests was Father James Martin, who is a strong advocate of Pope Francis. Some of the people at the Gala did not recognize him; they went as far as complimenting him on the authenticity of his wardrobe, not knowing that it was the real thing.
There was no criticism of the Catholic Church’s involvement with the Met Gala as there was ample time to prepare for it. The organizer, Anna Wintour, spent several years in preparation for the exhibition. It is said that she visited the Vatican to negotiate on the items to be displayed and the manner of display.
When the items arrived in New York, unpacking of the items was video recorded to prove to the Vatican that it was done respectfully. A number of influential Catholics led by Dolan and Versace with the assistance of Barbara Jatta from the Vatican Museum ensured that the items were secured appropriately.
As part of evangelization, vestments from the Holy See were displayed to millions of visitors during the exhibition. The items were on display for six months, which is ample time for the world to learn more about the Catholic Church.
Kim Kardashian Met Gala Appearances
Kim has first made an appearance at the Met Gala in 2013. She has attended all the other since then. She attended her first Gala while she was pregnant to North. She wore a jersey gown that was floral printed. She completed the look with strappy sandal heels and matching gloves. The outfit was a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, which earned her meme’s to her expense.
Kim attended the 2013 Met Gala as Kanye’s plus one, which made her nervous as she knew no one else at the event. She says that when she got home, she cried over it but says that looking back; the look is one of her most favorite.
One of Kim’s best Met Gala appearances was in 2018 where she wore a Versace corseted gown. The gold Atelier gown run from head-to-toe and it was adorned with embroidered crosses. To minimize the style, she accessorized with few diamond crosses on her neck.
Kim Kardashian Met Gala 2019
Kim Kardashian made a grand entrance to Met Gala 2019 dressed in a nude dress that seemed too tight for her. The dress is a Mugler design that hugged Kim’s body to the point of making her waist non-existent.
Thierry Mugler has not designed a dress since 2003 and so it is apparent that he came out of retirement for the event. It is said that it took about eight months to design the latex beaded gown for Kim Kardashian.
The dress was so tight at the waist such that fans were left wondering if she injured any internal organs to fit in the dress. Some went as far as saying that she might have removed some ribs to make the gown fit her waist.
Kardashian evaded the issue of removing some of her ribs but said that she had a tight custom-made corset to make her waist small. The corset was designed by Mr. Pearl; a famous corset maker. The designer has trained his body to wear corsets throughout the day for many years. It is rumored that he has an 18-inch waist.
Harry Styles Met Gala 2019
Harry Styles was a co-chair for Met Gala 2019. He had the task of bringing his A-game in fashion to the red carpet; he did not disappoint. He dressed to match the camp theme. His outfit was by Alessandro Michele from Gucci who has dressed Styles before numerous times. Harry Styles was escorted on the red carpet by the designer where he jam-packed three menswear trends in one outfit.
The outfit consisted of a sheer top that made his tattoos visible. The top had a huge bow at the chest which denotes freeing the nipple. The frilly and lacy men’s top has become popular in recent times and Style’s wearing it was proof that it is here to stay.
At the bottom, Styles wore black trousers and a pair of men’s heels, which is a style he has worn before. He also wore a pearl earring and a couple of silver rings to complete his maximalist aesthetic style.
The look that Harry Styles had at the Met Gala 2019 was not a surprise to his fans as he loves floral suits. In the past, he has even imitated Elton John with his sparkle wear. Styles is a Gucci crusader and this was not his first time to wear an outfit designed by Michele. He has previously won pussy-bow blouses and a variety of heeled shoes. Some fans on twitter said that Harry looked beautiful wearing the lacy blouse.
Best Dressed Celebrities In Met Gala 2019
- Lady Gaga
Dressed b Brandon Maxwell, Gaga had four dresses in one where she removed them layer by layer to the final piece which was lingerie. The first dress was a huge pink gown followed by a black strapless dress. The third outfit was a pink dress which was accompanied by a huge cell phone. The chic lingerie and sparkly tights completed Lady Gaga’s look on the red carpet.
- Kendall and Kylie Jenner
The Jenner sisters were dressed by Versace. They had the look of Vegas showgirls and a bit of Lil Kim. Also, they would appear like Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters in a fashionable way.
- Celine Dion
Celine is not a stranger to drama. This is why she did not mind wearing a revealing dress to the 2019 Met Gala. The dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta and it was inspired by the Ziegfed Follies glitzy costumes. The dress had 18 panels that were beaded by hand by 52 embroidererd in more than 3,000 hours. The dress we ighed over 22 pounds but Celine wore if happily.
- Cardi B
Cardi wore a Thom Browne original that consisted of ten feet of silk organza and tulle. It had about 30,000 dyed and burned coque feathers.
Dressed by Dundas, the dress was a green embellished gown of the Diana Ross era. It was adorned with ostrich feathers and matching gloves, choker, and belt.
The Winners of Met Gala 2019
Lady Gaga was definitely one of the winners of the 2019 Met Gala event. It was sad to see that Rihanna did not attend the event as she always makes a fashion statement whenever she attends.
With Rihanna being the queen, Zendaya takes the princess crown. In 2019, she fully embraced the matle with her Cinderella outfit. She had a gown that lit up with her stylist acting as the fairy godmother; with the full smoke effects. While leaving the carpet, she ‘accidentally’ left behind one slipper.
- Harry Styles
Harry Styles was definitely a winner at the 2019 gala. His lacy and frill blouse brought out a feminine look. The blouse was accompanied by black trousers and heeled man shoes to complete the look.
- Janelle Monae
The dress that was worn by Janelle was a visual feast. It started on the head which was adorned with a Mad Hatter’s menagerie. It was followed by a Picasso-esque skirt. The head and boobs also had peepers. The peepers on the boobs had blinking feather lashes. Janelle had the perfect body to model this dress by Christian Siriano.
Met Gala 2020
The 2020 Met Gala has been canceled indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It was to take place on Monday 4 May in New York.
The Met Gala takes place on an annual basis on the first Monday of May, which means that this year’s event will be held on Monday 4 May. The 2020 Met Gala was to mark the Museum’s 150th anniversary as it opened its doors in 1870.
This year’s theme is “About Time: Fashion and Duration” which is a theme inspired by the theories of Henri Bergson, a French philosopher, and Virginia Woolf. In explaining the meaning of the theme, Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge, said that fashion is connected to time. Fashion represents and reflects the spirit of a particular time. Just like time, fashion keeps on evolving and changing.
The accompanying exhibition would have been held from 7 May 2020 – 7 September 2020 but it will now be put on hold because of the pandemic.
The Met Gala is an event that most people look forward to as fans are always on the lookout to see how their favorite celebrities will dress for the event. It is also an opportunity for emerging and seasoned designers to showcase their work through their creativity in conforming the event’s theme.
The event brings art to the people as all that is displayed at the exhibition is collected from all over the world. It is an educative exhibition that should be supported by all.