The first week of May was an extravagant, luxurious experience for popular and mainstream celebrities. The prestigious fashion event, The Met Ball, otherwise known as The Met Gala, took place. This year’s theme, Gilded Glamour, showcases the American Era of the Gilded Age (1870 – 1900) personifying fashion history where upper-class women wore jewel-toned corset gowns made out of silk, velvet, and satin.

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Founded in 1948 by Eleanor Lambert. The Met Gala serves as an opportunity for fashion designers to showcase their best work. Therefore, celebrities are wearing creative and abstract fashion pieces in synchronization with the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit creating the Met Ball annual theme. The Met Ball is hosted and organized by the fashion magazine Vogue.

Why was Met Gala created?

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise known as the MET, was established in 1870. Its mission was to bring art and art education to the American people. Over time, the Met Ball established by Eleanor Lambert was an annual fundraising event for the MET Museum bringing both art and fashion together to educate the public.

Who created the Met Gala?

The Met Gala was created by Eleanor Lambert (August 10, 1903, to October 7, 2003). Lambert was a fashion publicist. Popularly acclaimed for her founding of New York Fashion Week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Met Ball, and the International Best Dressed List. Her work was influential to the American fashion industry and why New York City is known for its competitive and prestigious fashion reputation.

How does the Met Ball raise money for the fundraiser?

The fundraisers go to the museum and future Met Gala events. The Met Ball raises money via ticket sales and sponsors. Together both ‘In the America: Gilded Glamour’(2022) and ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ (2021) fundraised a record of $17.4 billion dollars to the museum.

What was the Met Gala designed to convey?

The Met Gala was designed to display various parts of progressive culture. In 2017, ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between’ featured Rei Kawakubo’s fashion designs in collaboration with Andrew Bolton, who instituted an art exhibit around Kawakubo’s work. The 2017 theme features abstract colorful layers of gown and dress material. The designs are art pieces within themselves.

In 2021, ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, serves as part one of this year’s Met Ball theme which explored American fashion. The Met Gala theme was inspired by the patchwork quilts representing the diversity on American soil. Therefore, many noted celebrities were featured wearing quilt sequences, American flags, or Lady Liberty gowns.

How is a theme decided at the Met Gala?

Wintour, Vogue magazine editor and chief, decides on a new set of co-chairs every year. Some co-chairs are celebrities. In 2017 both Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams were co-chairs of the Met Gala. However, most times the honorary co-chair place is with highly acclaimed fashion designers. This year was co-chaired by Gianni Versace and Karl Lagerfeild.

What does the Honorary Co-chair do?

Met Ball co-chairs help create the space for the Met Ball. Oftentimes working with interior designers to bring the Met Gala’s decided theme to the event.

How do I attend the Met Ball?

While it is easier to attend the Met Museum, which is open to the public everyday of the week except for Wednesdays between the hours of 10 AM to 5 PM.

The Met Ball is an invite-only event. Where there is a waiting list for tickets. Outside of being a celebrity, you can attend the event if you donate, work for Vogue or so happen to be a model for the cover of Vogue magazine, or be a top-tier performer for the Met Ball events.

Are the Met Ball-themed exhibits available to the public?

The Met Ball exhibits are available to the public at the Met Museum in New York City. The Met Gala’s exhibit ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’ is available right now until September 5, 2022