So What is the Met Gala?

Every first Monday of May, thousands wait in anticipation as the annual Met Gala begins in New York City. The Met Gala’s official title stands as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit. Known for its elaborate costumes and ostentatious outfits created by designer brands such as Gucci, Versace, and Christian Louboutin, the Met Gala hosts an exclusive and select population of designers and celebrities to raise funds for its Costume Institute. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is a center which exhibits the costumes and dresses that are showcased at each year’s ball, its main purpose is to preserve the integrity and sustainability of the fashion industry. Although the origins of the Met Gala date back to the early 1900’s, the actual Met Gala only began in the 1970’s.

The Met is so exclusive that the guest list is comprised of approximately five-hundred people, all of which are strictly approved and by Anna Wintour herself. Last year, the Met Gala raised 12 million US dollars. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, has spearheaded the extravaganza since 1999. Alongside co-hosts Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Amal Clooney, Anna Wintour has hosted yet another successful Met Gala. Tickets this year cost $30,000 per chair and $275,000 per table. This year’s dress code fell under the theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Here are some of the most opulent looks from the 2018 Met Gala.

Blake Lively wearing Atelier Versace – Photo Credit: John Shearer/ Getty News/ ENews

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Cardi B wearing Jeremy Scott – Photo Credit: Rex Shutterstock  

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Rihanna wearing Maison Margiela-  Photo Credit: ENews

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Jared Leto wearing Gucci – Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

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Emilia Clarke wearing Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Photo Credit: Popsugar

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Kim Kardashian wearing Versace – Photo Credit: ENews

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Selena Gomez wearing Coach – Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine

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Chadwick Boseman wearing Versace – Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

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Priyanka Chopra wearing Ralph Lauren – Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Zendaya wearing Versace – Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Author: Renee Goh

Renee Goh is a Senior at SAS and a first year reporter of the Eye. She enjoys scrolling through memes and on occasion she likes to run, jump, and hurdle for the SAS Track and Field team. She eats açai bowls by the kilo, spends most of her time with her family, and wishes she was Wonder Woman. She can be reached at goh30416@sas.edu.sg

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