Met Gala: Everything You Need to Know

Every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts one of the biggest fashion events Met Gala on the first Monday of May. As this year’s event is fast approaching, here is everything you should know:

Katy Perry  (left)  in Versace; Rihanna  (right)  in Maison Margiela; Credit to  Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for Vogue

Katy Perry (left) in Versace; Rihanna (right) in Maison Margiela; Credit to Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for Vogue

About Met Gala

The Met Gala, formally called Costume Institute Gala, was established in 1948 to raise fund for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City, which housed the largest collection of fashion in the world. The event takes place every year on the first Monday of May.

Being one of the most exclusive social events in the world, the annual guest list includes only around 600 people, all exclusively invited by Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and the chair of the event since 1995 (excluding 1996 and 1998). Even the press list is exclusive.

 

This Year’s Event

This year’s event will take place on 6th May, 2019. Some of the confirmed guests include Chadwick Boseman, regular guests Bradley Cooper, Katy Perry, couples Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lopez and fiancé Alex Rodriguez, and Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra. Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Lady Gaga and designer Alessandro Michele of Gucci are co-hosting this year.

The event has a particular theme each year and this year is Camp: Notes on Fashion. It takes inspiration from cultural critic Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’” in which she described camp as “its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration”. The word continued to be redefined and in fashion, it is not restricted to any definition as it has always been about self-expression, so we can expect to see the campiest red carpet this year.

Learn more about this year’s theme:

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