The first Monday in May, the Super Bowl of the fashion world.
The Met Gala takes a year to plan and is the highlight on every fashionistas calendar. Ever since Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour became chair of the gala in 1995, this event is one that can’t be missed.
This year’s theme is “Camp: Notes On Fashion” with Serena Williams, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, and Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele acting as co-chairs. The rest of the 183-member committee includes Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas.
Stars clamer to get an invite to the Met Gala- the real indication that you have made it. The big name designers and their celebrity guest don’t have to pay, but the rest of the invites have to cough up $30,000 for a solo ticket and $275,000 for a table reports E! News. There is a waitlist for those hoping a last-minute ticket will become available which means they have to have their look ready, even if they might not use it.
The biggest ever gala had 800 guests, but it was decided that there were too many people. 500 is considered intimate, but even that number varies. “We do want the experience to feel intimate for our guests, so in the past few years, we’ve really scaled back and dropped numbers by almost 200 or 300 people,” Wintour’s executive assistant and Met producer Sylvana Ward Durrett told Fast Company.
Planning for this type of event takes lots of organization. “I’m a big fan of a one-sheet,” says Ward Durrett in a Vogue article. “We have sort of a running to-do list that just gets longer and longer as we get closer—and we literally go through [it] every day, even if it’s redundant.”
As for the rules once you get one of those coveted tickets- no cellphones, no selfies and you have to be over 18. Anna is sort of an old-school traditionalist,” Ward Durrett explained. “She likes a dinner party where people are actually speaking to each other.”
In 2015, social media was banned from the event says Page Six. A notice to guests read, “The use of phones for photography and social media will not be permitted inside the gala.” Clearly, Kylie Jenner decided to skip this rule as she posted a group selfie back in 2017.
The age requirement is a new rule to the gala only put in place last year. Event organizers confirmed to THR that the executive decision was made that the gala is “not an appropriate event for people under 18.” The rule could be bent for those who are attending with their parents.
Are there guests who are banned from the Met Gala? There sure is, “Donald Trump,” Wintour told James Corden on “The Late Late Show.”