The Met Gala 2016 101: Everything you need to know

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Some may say it’s the most important red carpet event of the year for the fashion industry while others have gone even further to describe it as the “party of the year”. In terms of the fashion calendar, it’s a definite highlight and date that you don’t want to miss. Between anxiously refreshing your Snapchat to catch up on the latest from the Met Gala live story to scouring the internet for the best dressed lists and all of the inside gossip, the fashion obsessed amongst us are dying to be part of the event one way or another. But when it all comes down to it, other than the hottest celebrities wearing the freshest designs what actually is The Met Gala?

The Basics

On an official basis, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, is a fundraising event for the Costume institute. Within the Met the costume institute is the only curatorial department that is expected to fund itself and in order to do so holds the annual, black tie extravaganza that is The Met Ball, on the first monday of May.

The Gala serves as a premiere of the opening of the annual “blockbuster” exhibit of the Costume Institute, using the exhibit as a dictation of the chosen theme for the event. This year the gala celebrated the opening of Mans x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology and welcomed a red carpet of celebrities swarmed with a futuristic twist.

Who?

This year’s hosts included:

  • Anna Wintour – Chairwoman of the Gala, Editor of American Vogue and Artistic Director of  Conde Nast
  • Jonathan Ive – Chief Design Officer of Apple
  • Taylor Swift
  • Idris Elba

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Honourary chair members included:

  • Karl Lagerfield – Chanel Designer
  • Miuccia Prada
  • Nicholas Ghesquiere – Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton

 

The Invitation List

The Met Gala is strictly an invitation-only event with a long waiting list to get onto the much coveted invitation list. Combine this with the hefty price tag of $30,000 per ticket you can imagine the exclusivity that the event exudes. Not everyone has to buy a ticket, often brands buy a table and then invite celebrities to sit at their table. However, as Chairwoman of the Gala, Anna Wintour has the final say in every last detail of the event with no exception to the invitation list. This means that even if a brand does decide to buy a table at the event, paying a whopping $275,000 to do so, they must still get approval for their chosen guests from Ms. Wintour and Vogue before an invite can be made. With this in mind, guests are often chosen on the basis of “buzz and achievement” as opposed to money, therefore, protecting the prestigious reputation of the event and the museum itself.

 

Wear

Although it is encouraged that you work with the theme each when dressing for the event, it’s not compulsory and so guests are given a little leeway in this sense when it comes to the dress code.

Given the carefully curated guest list of top names, the red carpet for the Met Gala, when done correctly can act as an amazing advertising tool for a fashion house and on that basis one rule that is maintained within the dress code is that if you are invited by a brand to the event you must wear clothes by that brand.

After scrolling through the endless amounts of photos from Monday’s Met Gala I’ve chosen a few of my favourite looks.

The Balmain army took the red carpet by storm with the metallic and armour like features of each of the silver, embroidered dresses really capturing the essence of the theme. Silver was a definite trend of the night as you can see from the photos above as were cut out dresses as worn by Kendall Jenner and Joan Smalls. Interpretations of the theme varied across the red carpet from medieval royalty styles worn by Florence Welch, Nina Dobrev and of course, Clare Danes in her stunning gown by Zac Posen, to more futuristic looks of the night based on metallic, glitz and glam trends as worn by Alessandra Ambrosio and Joan Smalls.

Pictures courtesy of Huffington Post

 

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