After the pandemic, the Met Gala returns to its regular spot on the social media calendar. It’s one of those “what, already” moments.
It has been less than eight months since the last gala. This annual fundraiser raises eight-figure sums for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. About 600 A-listers representing fashion, sport, music, TV, technology, and other fields were invited before the pandemic. The numbers were closer than 400 this year and last. The gala for 2020 was canceled.
Last year, more than $16.4million was raised. This starry event is the primary source of funding for the institute’s budget.
The gala is held in conjunction with the opening of the second half of an exhibit at the Costume Institute, which focuses on American fashion and style. Gilded glamour, white tie and gilded glamour will be the evening’s dress code. This is the Gilded Age period, which spans the time between the Civil War to the turn of 20 century, and is known for its drama, grandeur, and robber barons.
The Met’s Grand Staircase walk returns the gala back to its historic berth on the first Monday of May. Vogue’s website will have the Livestream.
Since 1995, Vogue’s Anna Wintour runs the gala. Along with Tom Ford, designer, and Adam Mosseri, she continues to serve as honorary co-chairs of the gala. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blake Lively and Lin-Manuel Miranda are the official cochairs for 2022.
Last year, a ticket to the Met Gala cost $35,000. Some people attend free of charge. Celebrities may be accompanied by designers or other companies who invite them, and their tabs are paid. This year’s fashion focus may be more inclusive and celebrate the unsung designer’s heroes.
This event was created by Eleanor Lambert, a fashion journalist as influential as Wintour. She needed to find a way to fund the Costume Institute, which was the only department in the Met that had to raise its own funds, in 1948.
Many of Wintour’s guests follow Wintour’s dress code. Others go their way. It’s all about interpretation. Imagine Rihanna wearing a papal cap, Billy Porter dressed as a sun god and surrounded by shirtless men. Lady Gaga was also seen removing layers as the fashion world stopped to observe.
Celebrities who couldn’t make it to the gala are also able to view a bizarre time capsule of their love. Ye, the ex-Kanye West singer, and Kim Kardashian attended the gala for the first time in 2013. In 2008, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes attended. Jennifer Lopez was there with Marc Anthony in 2011 and Alex Rodriguez in 2017. Alex Rodriguez also attended in 2017, 2018, and 2019. After she had walked by herself, Ben Affleck joined her inside.
Charlize Theron, Sean Penn and Sean Penn were two of the “it” couples invited to 2014. In 2017, Selena Gomez, The Weeknd and their friends showed up together.