The Met Gala (and what actually is it?)

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Every year we (or I do) look on in awe at some of the beautiful dresses, walking the carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute – as it’s officially known. Some celebrities are asked by designers months in advance, whether they will wear one of their dresses. Kendall Jenner for example admitted she had “lots of options”, with designers presumably queuing to have the young model in one of their designs.

So what is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is a Benefit and black tie event, held to raise money for the Costume Institute – this is actually the only Met curatorial departments that has to fund itself. The gala has also become known as the “Oscars of the East Coast”, due to the extravagant dresses and celebrity guests that attend the event. Each year has a theme which sets the tone for the gala as well as the guests’ outfits. Some are clear, others are more open to interpretation for example The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion in 2009.

What happens inside is strictly secret, from last year Social Media has been banned from inside the event. There are various rumors of what happens inside, which involves cocktails, dinner and some form of entertainment (last year it was Rihanna). Once Gwyneth Paltrow said it’s hot and boring and crowded … And to be honest most people seem more concerned with the outfits and red carpet anyway.

Can you go?

A ticket to this year’s Gala will set you back $30,000, with tables at $275,000 – although all the money raised goes to the Costume Institute… But of course not everyone pays for a ticket, some celebrities will be invited by sponsors or a designer, or even Anna Wintour herself if you’re really lucky. But if you think you can dip into your savings for the East Coast’s night of the year, think again. The Met Gala in invite-only, and there’s even a waiting list to get on the invitation list. Ms Wintour (also chairwoman of the gala) has the final say, but often invitees will have a “buzz” around them, for example Riley Keough and her new film “The Girlfriend Experience” and of course the Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik.

The Met Gala 2016

The exhibit this year is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” – hence the array of metallics and slicked back hair styles. The hosts are Anna Wintour , Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift (discussion on her new style is for another time) and Idris Elba. This year everything from the high street’s H&M and Topshop, to Burberry and Dolce and Gabbana sauntered along the red carpet. Claire Danes even appeared in a light up dress by Zac Posen, building on the tech/3D theme of the night.

My absolute favourite dress from the night was Kate Bosworth in Dolce, but at the moment it seems Burberry can do no wrong as seen by Blake Lively in a beautiful, Burberry gown. Naomie Harris and Nicole Kidman (who looked elegant as ever), also make it to the top of my list).

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Rachel McAdams in Atelier Versace

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Naomi Watts in Burberry

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Kate Bosworth in Dolce & Gabbana
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Naomie Harris in Burberry
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Blake Lively in Burberry
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