Tonight is one of the biggest events of the year in the fashion world, tonight is the Met Gala – an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City
One thing we love about celebrity events is seeing the amazing outfits, and the one thing that the Met Gala is not short of is amazing outfits. We’re sure that all of the attendees have spent their whole weekend prepping themselves to make sure they are red carpet ready and we can’t wait to see what they wear tonight.
But enough about the outfits, below we’ve got all you need to know about tonight’s event, so read on and brush up on your Met Gala knowledge before it begins.
What is it?
The Costume Institute Gala, or more commonly known as the Met Gala or Met Ball after the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it is held, is one of the biggest events of the year in the fashion calendar (one that even rivals the Oscars) and is considred to be the fashion industry’s premier annual red carpet event. The Gala is a yearly fundraising benefit and also serves as the opening celebration for the Institute’s annual exhibition. The first Gala was held in 1946 and it raises over $10 million for the museum each year, pretty amazing! The Theme Every year the Met Gala has a theme, which co-insides with the Costume Institute’s summer exhibition that is shown at the Metropolitan Museum. Previous themes have been ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ in 2013, ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ in 2011 and last years theme ‘China Through The Looking Glass’. The theme also serves as a dress code for the evening for many of the party attendees. This year’s theme is entitled ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.’ The theme examines the contrast between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion.
Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, and chair of the event, Anna Wintour has an exclusive guest list of her fashion favorites who are lucky enough to make the cut and bag themselves an invite to the fashion party of the year. These lucky attendees are personalities from the arts, fashion, high-society, film and music industry, and are without a doubt, always fiercely dressed for the Gala. But fear not, if you aren’t on Anna’s exclusive list you can always try and get yourself an individual ticket, although rumor has it one ticket will cost you an eye-watering $25,000 (in order to maintain the exclusivity of the event). Competition to keep your invite spot each year remains fierce since only around 650 to 700 people get to go each year so it’s important to keep in Anna’s good books.
Every year Wintour also selects a line-up of fellow chairs, who are usually high-profile celebrities and others who bring a little extra to the year’s theme. This year’s line-up includes Taylor Swift, Karl Lagerfeld, Idris Elba, Nicolas Ghesquière, Miuccia Prada and Jony Ive.
What to Wear?
Since the Gala is one of the biggest events in the fashion calendar it’s very important that attendees dress to impress, and dress accordingly to the theme. Those who push the fashion boundaries are the ones who usually make the biggest impact on the red carpet. We’re sure you’ll all remember Rihanna’s omelette yellow dress, Sarah-Jessica Parker’s fire headdress and Karolina Kurkova’s gold sequin dress with matching turban. We’re already so excited to see how the celebs interpret this year’s tech theme into their fashion choices for the evening.
The exhibition itself opens 3rd May and is home to more than 100 pieces, both couture and ready-to-wear, which according to Vogue feature ‘established artisanal techniques, like pleating and lacework, contrasting with newer machine-made techniques, from laser-cutting to circular knitting. Several of the processes will be taking place in real-time workshops allowing visitors to watch how the techniques are created.’ Below are some images from last year’s exhibition ‘China Through The Looking Glass’.
Check back in with us tomorrow as we will have a roundup of some of the best dressed outfits from tonight’s event.