The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
THE FIRST MET GALA IN 1948 WAS A MIDNIGHT DINNER AND COST $50 TO ATTEND
•The Met Gala was established in 1948 by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute and mark the opening of its annual exhibit. The first gala was a dinner and tickets were fifty dollars each.For the first few decades of its existence the gala was simply one of many annual benefits held for New York charitable institutions. Accordingly, the attendees of the early galas were almost entirely members of New York high society or the city’s fashion industry. From 1948 to 1971, the event was held at venues including the Waldorf-Astoria, Central Park, and the Rainbow Room.
•When Diana Vreeland became consultant to the Costume Institute in 1972, the Gala began to evolve into a more glamorous affair, although one that was still aimed at the societal set.The event started to become more celebrity-oriented with attendees like Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Diana Ross, Elton John, Liza Minnelli and Cher intermixing with the city’s elite.It was during the Vreeland years that the Gala was first held at the Met and that Gala themes were introduced
WHO IS INVITED IN MET GALA
celebrities who walk the carpet don’t fork over the cash. Typically, a fashion brand or company buys a table—which cost a cool $370,000 last year—and they invite celebrities to join them. Usually, the table you sit at is the designer that dresses you (and no, celebs don’t tend to pay for their outfits either)
WHY IS IT A BIG DEAL
The Met Gala is the strongest expression of fashion to be found off the catwalks. It’s a showcase for fashion in its most pure art form.” “The Met Gala red carpet is the greatest couture show on earth” Designers and fashion houses are invited to unleash their most creative ideas on an international platform.
HOW IT WORKS
The Met Gala is not thrown simply for reasons of vanity – it is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Each year the event raises millions of dollars to be put towards the curation and maintenance of the Institute
WHAT HAPPENS IN METGALA NIGHT
Each year the event has a theme, and includes a cocktail hour and a formal dinner. During the cocktail hour, guests arrive to walk on the red carpet, tour the year’s special themed exhibition, and be seated before the dinner party that includes entertainment from the preeminent entertainers of the day.
THEME :-“Notes on ‘Camp,’” her 58-point ur-listicle, builds on that inherent sense of something being “too much,” and also fences it in. Camp is artificial, passionate, serious, Sontag writes. … Still, Sontag’s treatise remains the top-cited attempt to define a slippery concept
WINNER OF METGALA 2019
The entrance was performance art that could be challenged mere moments later by only Pose’s Billy Porter, who casually entered on top of a dais carried by six shirtless, gilded men. Everyone: What’s the point of the Met without Rihanna? The Met Gala is not a contest, but also it is, and Billy Porter won it.