Met ball or costumes Institute gala are the names of one of the most prominent fashion events in the world. This event is done annually to raise money for the Metropolitan museum of art’s costume institute in New York City.
Met Gala is held once a year and on a fixed date of the first Monday in May. This event is done to open the costume institute’s annual fashion exhibition on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The event sets a specific theme for every year; guests were asked to cooperate with their fashion theme and design their costumes according to the event’s theme.
Many big celebrities from every industry, such as sports, Hollywood, singers and many more, participate in these Met Gala events yearly. Celebrities often wear unique fashion cloth according to the theme and tend to be depicted in vogue magazine.
What happens inside the Met Gala?
It is also known as the Oscar of the fashion world. This year the theme of Met Gala 2022 was “In America: an anthology of fashion”. This is for the exploration of grandeur associated with the Gilded Age. This was a period of accelerated industrialization. No one knows what’s happening inside the event because old celebrities and people over Met Gala or band take photos of the event from inside.
Some people say celebrities over there use their mobile phones until they are present on a highbrow evening. After the invitation, the event is not 100% free; the celebrities have to pay around $35,000 U.S. dollars for the entry ticket and further table reservations, ranging from $200,000 to $300,000. This is a normal amount to pay for celebrities because they earn more than that.
The whole money we just collected from table reservations or tickets directly goes to Costume Institute. The gala also includes different artists’ performances like a cocktail hour, dinner time, dancing and singing.
Who gets invited to the Met Gala event?
The basic requirement to qualify for a format gala is not money; and it is beauty. Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue, has the final decision over every invitation and attendee. This means that if a company reserves a table, they cannot choose everyone who can sit with them, and the guest with them also have to be approved to get a seat at Met Gala.
According to the news, around 500 to 300 guests are invited every year to this event, ending with the reserved table separated into groups of 15 to 20 people. The prominent celebrities are most likely to be set on a table which is smaller in size, and it also depends on which type of costume or design you are wearing,
History of Met Gala
Met Gala was first established in 1948 by a fashion publicist named Eleanor Lambert. She hosts this event as a fundraiser for the newly founded Costume Institute. The first gala was inexpensive, and the entry ticket was around $50. For the first few decades, the Met Gala was one of the simplest events held annually in New York to raise money. But after some time, the event was held at venues including Central Park and the rainbow room.
However, in 1972 when Deanna Freeland became a consultant for Costume Institute, she began to improve the event of gala and made it famous globally, and slowly the event started to become an orientation for high-profile celebrities. The most famous attendance on this show was Elizabeth Taylor, Deanna, Elton John, and Madonna, who was considered the city elite.
Now Gala is one of the most prominent fashion events and is very exclusive. So it is very hard for many celebrities to even get an invitation to this event. Nevertheless, in 2013, the gala was able to arrange around 9 million U.S. dollars; following this, the fund raised more and more, around $12 million to $20 million in the upcoming year.
However, records were broken in 2019 because it was the first time the gala raised around 200 million U.S. dollars for charity. Since 1948 gala was held every year, but in 2000 and 2002, the gala was cancelled for anonymous reasons. And the last time gala was cancelled was due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but after 2020, it resumed and was held in 2021 and 2022.
So this is how Met Gala started and became one of the world’s biggest fashion events and charity events. Anna Wintour, an American work editor and artist, took over the annual leadership of the Met Gala in 1999. She converted this local philanthropist event into a global celebrity and a power event. This show is now very famous and scenes around in every country in this whole world.