The Met Gala – or Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, as it’s officially called – is arguably the social event of the year.
A black tie extravaganza that takes place on the first Monday in May each year, the party marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s – a department of the museum that has a collection of more than 33,000 costumes and accessories – an annual show with a parade of well-dressed guests posing on the museum’s grand entrance staircase.
This year’s Met Gala was held on Monday, September 13 after being delayed due to the pandemic, while last year’s event was canceled altogether.
The gala can be a charity event and primarily about fundraising, but that doesn’t mean just anyone can attend.
Since 1995, the guest list has been carefully chaired by Americans Vogue editor Anna Wintour and this year is no different.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Met Gala’s guest list, from who’s in attendance this year to how to get an invite.
How much does a ticket cost?
Tickets cost $ 30,000 (£ 23,000), while tables cost £ 275,000 (£ 211,000). Only those who have passed Wintour’s approval will be able to attend the $ 3.5million (£ 2.69million) event.
Although this is a monumental amount of money, as a fundraising event it is for a good cause.
All the money from ticket sales goes to the Costume Institute, which is the only department at the Met Museum that needs to be funded.
In 2018, it was reported that just over £ 12million had been raised.
So, can anyone who can afford a ticket go?
Unfortunately no. Unlike other charity events, the Met Gala is by invitation only and there is a waiting list for a ticket.
According to The New York Times, invitations are usually based on a person’s status. So if you are the latest model, muse or big talent in fashion, film or music, you are pretty much guaranteed to be able to buy a seat.
While businesses can purchase entire tables at the event, Wintour always has the final say on every invite, so brands can’t always choose who sits at their table.
How many people are attending the Met Gala?
In 2017, it was reported that 550 people attended the event. However, it was a more intimate affair with the theme: “Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”.
In 2018, the “Celestial Bodies” exhibition was the largest the Costume Institute has produced to date, with approximately 58,600 square feet, spread over three galleries.
Who is invited this year?
Tradition has it that each year a number of designers and celebrities are selected to co-chair the event alongside Wintour.
For 2019, Wintour selected singer Lady Gaga, tennis champion Serena Williams, singer Harry Styles and Gucci designer Alessandro Michelle as co-chairs. It is rumored that Gaga or Styles will perform in the night.
In addition to the co-chairs, the event also has a welcoming committee which is made up of a number of well-known names.
This year’s hosts are actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka, while honorary presidents are Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour.
Other guests included Serena Williams, Channing Tatum, Maisie Williams and Lil Nas X.