You’d be darned to find a day of the year as prestigious as the first Monday of May. First held in 1948, the Met Gala, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was founded to encourage donations from New York’s high society and today the most recognisable faces from fashion, art, music and film gather to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute and commemorate the opening of the museums latest exhibition. Founded by Eleanor Lambert, Anna Wintour has taken reign of the event since 1995, raising almost $175 million and enlisting the most prominent names to co-chair the events including the likes of Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Marc Jacobs and Gisele Bundchen. The 2018 Met Gala, which also marks the 70th anniversary of the soiree will be co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace and sponsors include Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, Maison Valentino and Warner Bros.
Every year the Met Gala has a theme in correspondence with the exhibition at the Costume Institution. The Met Gala marks the annual opening and guests are encouraged to dress in accordance to the theme, previously gifting the world some of the most daring, controversial and breath taking outfits imaginable, as guests ascend the grand staircase in front of the 200 photographers and medias that have been approved – because nothing could be more prestigious. Some guests are often invited by brands, looking for ways to remain relevant and continue to appeal to the masses. On the biggest night on the fashion calendar, it seems a no brainer for brands splash the cash on some the most relevant faces across the industry. Themes in the previous years include Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology and China: Through the Looking Glass. This years theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination will have 40 objects displayed at the Institute sent over from the Vatican, most which have never left Rome, as well as designs from Coco Chanel, John Galliano, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
The Met Gala is just as exclusive as it is fashionable. Tickets are priced at $30,000 and tables at $275,000, which may seem like a ridiculous amount of money, however, the prices are all in good nature. All money raised goes to the Costume Institute as it is the only department that has to entirely fund itself. Last year’s gala raised $12 million. However, if you have the kind of cash lying around and have decided to start planning what to wear, you might want to think again. Not only is the event strictly invite only, there is a lengthy waiting list and Anna Wintour makes the all-important decision as to who can attend. So even if a someone was to buy a table for the event they do not have final say over who sits at the table.
While we eagerly anticipate the event on the 7th of May, take a look at some of our favourite looksfrom last years Met Gala.