|Genre||Fundraising gala, contribution of $30,000 per seat to enter the 2019 Met Gala|
|Frequency||Annual, held on the first Monday of May|
|Venue||Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute|
|Location(s)||Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City|
|Most recent||May 6, 2019|
|Next event||September 13, 2021|
|Website||Costume Institute Gala|
|Gala started in 1946 and the first event was held in 1948.|
The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit. Each year's event celebrates the theme of that year's Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night, since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit.
The Met Gala was established in 1948 as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute and mark the opening of its annual exhibit. The first Gala was a midnight dinner and tickets were fifty dollars each. Based upon the legacy left by former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland as "special consultant" to the Costume Institute, since 1973 the Met Gala has become well known as a luxurious, blockbuster event and is considered "the jewel in New York City's social crown".
The Gala is widely regarded as among the most prominent and most exclusive social events in the world. It is also one of the biggest fundraising nights in New York City, with $9 million raised in 2013 and a record of $12 million the following year. The Met Gala is one of the most notable sources of funding for the Institute, with contributions anticipated to surpass $200 million in total after the 2019 event since Anna Wintour's assuming the chairmanship of the Institute in 1995.