Every year, The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a black-tie gala intended to be a fundraiser for The Costume Institute’s benefit.
NEW YORK — The Met Gala, as it is more commonly known, usually begins on the first Monday of May. This time, on the second Monday of September. As usual, star-studded.
This year’s (2021) Met Gala theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, putting American fashion in center stage. Many celebrities walked down the red carpet and showed interpretations of this year’s theme, which always creates a huge buzz on the internet. Celebrities and designers also take the opportunity to make a statement about social issues—all with the outfits they choose to wear for the day.
The event started in the late 1940s, when The Costume Institute was newly established, with each ticket costing around 50 US dollars. Today, an individual ticket costs around $30,000 to $35,000, immediately making it one of the most extravagant and luxurious media-covered black-tie events in the world.
As per tradition, major designers and powerhouses in the fashion industry would also buy out entire tables at the event (which costs around $275,000) and invite their preferred celebrities and models to dress up in outfits they have designed.
The Met Gala usually applies a theme as a dress code for its attendees, with the likes of 2018’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” still pervading the minds of many.
Although last year’s (2020) Met Gala was cancelled due to the pandemic (with supposed theme, “About Time: Fashion and Duration”), it returns this year—requiring its attendees to be vaccinated.
The guest list was also cut down to about a third of the average number of attendees, to make social distancing possible.
This year, the Met Gala started on September 13th, 2021, with exhibitions that will debut in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18th. A second part will open with another Met Gala on May 2, 2022 (following the original scheme of booking “May’s first Mondays”), with an exhibition debut on May 5, 2022, all upholding an updated theme, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. These events are to celebrate The Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary.
The co-chairs of September’s Gala include: actor Timothée Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, and poet Amanda Gorman. The honorary chairs are: Vogue’s Anna Wintour, from whom the very Costume Center was named after, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and celebrated fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford. (RF/The MiNT)
Featured image: A Lexicon of Fashion. Billlie Eilish shows in a Monroe-inspired ballgown in layers of soft tulle by Oscar de la Renta.