Met Gala

Met Gala
GenreFundraising gala, contribution of $30,000 per seat to enter the 2019 Met Gala
FrequencyAnnual, held on the first Monday of May[1]
VenueMetropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute
Location(s)Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City
CountryUnited States
Years active1948–present[2]
FounderEleanor Lambert
Most recentMay 6, 2019
Next eventSeptember 13, 2021
Organized byVogue
WebsiteCostume Institute Gala
Gala started in 1946 and the first event was held in 1948.[3]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, where the Met Gala has been held annually since 1972[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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".[7][8]

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.[9][10][11][12] The Met Gala is one of the most notable sources of funding for the Institute,[13] 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.[14]

  1. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (May 3, 2018). "What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go?". New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Hardie, Beth (May 7, 2018). "What is the Met Gala 2018 theme - and what it means". Mirror (UK). Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Ward, Maria (May 7, 2018). "What Is the Met Gala? Everything You Need to Know". Vogue. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Borrelli-Persson, Laird. "A History of the Met Gala in 60 Seconds, Narrated by Vogue's Hamish Bowles". Vogue. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Costume Institute | The Metropolitan Museum of Art". www.metmuseum.org. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Chilton, Nancy (April 30, 2018). "The Met Gala: From Midnight Suppers to Superheroes and Rihanna". www.metmuseum.org. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Met Ball Was So Much Better Before All the Celebrities Showed Up". Town & Country. May 3, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "A Look Back At The Met Gala's History And Decor Throughout The Years | Architectural Digest". Architectural Digest. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  10. ^ Bourne, Leah (May 5, 2011). "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Met Gala (But Were Too Afraid To Ask)". NBC New York. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  11. ^ "Anna Wintour 'Wants More Exclusivity' at the Met Ball – The Cut". Nymag.com. April 16, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  12. ^ Kramer, Peter (May 4, 2010). "Top social ticket: NYC's Costume Institute gala". USA Today. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  13. ^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. ISBN 9781588394552.
  14. ^ Annie Brown (May 5, 2019). "How the Met Gala became the 'fashion Oscars'". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved May 6, 2019.