All About Met Gala

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What is Met Gala?

The Met Gala or Met Ball, formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit, is an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City.

When & How Often Met Gala Takes Place?

The gala is an event held annually on the first Monday of May, which marks the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit hosted on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

When did it start?

The Met Gala was established in 1948 by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert as a fundraiser for the newly founded Costume Institute to mark the opening of its annual exhibit.

Who Organizes the Met Gala?

Organized by the fashion magazine Vogue, the Met Gala is popularly regarded as the world's most prestigious and glamorous fashion event & social gathering and is known as "fashion's biggest night."

Who Attends the Met Gala?

Contemporary personalities from various professional spheres, including fashion, film, television, music, theater, business, sports, social media, and politics, are invited to attend the Met Gala.

Is There a Dress Code at the Met Gala?

Yes. Guests are expected to curate their fashion to match the theme of the annual exhibit, generally in haute couture.

The Years of No Met Gala

Since 1948, the Met Gala has occurred consecutively each year, except in 2000 and 2002. The 2020 Met Gala was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.