The Met Gala countdown is on.
With less than a month to go to the 71st annual Met Gala, news on attendees, designers and the exhibit itself are coming to light as viewers speculate who will win the red carpet — many guessing Rihanna, yet again — and who will be attending.
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This year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” gives fashion designers and celebrities room to experiment with extravagant, avant garde costumes. With Lady Gaga, Blake Lively and Katy Perry confirmed in attendance, we can expect some out-of-this world looks.
When and where is the Met Gala?
The Met Gala will be held on May 6 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While the event is sold out, individual tickets went for $35,000 and tables of 10 went for $200,000 or $300,000.
What is this year’s theme?
In October 2018, it was revealed that this year’s Met Gala theme and Costume Institute exhibit will be “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Andrew Bolton, head curator at the museum, has taken inspiration for the exhibit from Susan Sontag’s instrumental 1964 essay, “Notes on Camp,” which many look to as the defining guide for the term.
Who is attending?
Vogue Magazine, which hosts and orchestrates the Met Gala, is keeping a tight lid on this year’s full list of attendees, however, it’s expected that like years past, a group of Hollywood and fashion A-listers will be in attendance.
Anna Wintour, Vogue editor in chief and the maestro behind the Met Gala, has revealed the 183-person hosting committee for this year’s event, which includes actors, designers, athletes and philanthropists. Most notably, the committee includes Bradley Cooper, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. Other confirmed guests include Katy Perry, Jared Leto, Lena Waithe, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, among others.
What outfits will celebrities wear?
As always, the red carpet looks are held under wraps until the Met Gala itself, however expect guests to take the camp theme head-on, pulling out the most whimsical, gaudy and over-the-top costumes from heritage and emerging fashion designers.
Many Met Gala fans are eager to see how celebrities will be interpreting this year’s theme, especially Sarah Jessica Parker — who wore an elaborate headpiece depicting the nativity scene to last year’s gala — and Rihanna — who in recent years has dressed as a pope (with an embellished miter to boot), a three-dimensional floral Comme des Garçons look and a meme-inspiring yellow Guo Pei cape dress.
As is tradition, legacy designers typically spend big on tables at the event, inviting top-tier celebs who wear custom looks from the house. However, sources said that this year Ralph Lauren, Dior and Calvin Klein — who in years past have dressed large numbers of celebrities and high-profile guests — have opted out of buying tables.
Louis Vuitton and Burberry, on the other hand, have purchased tables and are likely dressing Al-list attendees. As a sponsor of the event — and with a design aesthetic fit for the gala’s theme — Gucci will most likely be dressing a number of guests, too.
While much attention surrounds the Met Gala itself, the event signifies the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition of the same theme, which is slated to open to the public on May 9 and run until Sept. 8.
The exhibit itself will be divided into two sections and showcase roughly 200 fashion pieces and artwork from designers, such as John Galliano, Gianni Versace, Jeremy Scott, Thom Browne, Chanel and Gucci, among others. Sontag herself is billed as a “ghost narrator” throughout the whole exhibit, which takes guests through different time periods and historical events, like Victorian London and the Thirties’ cross-dressing nightclub scene in Berlin.
How can I stream the red carpet?
Although streaming has yet to be confirmed, Vogue usually streams the red carpet via its social channels. Last year, E! hosted red carpet coverage from the Met Gala red carpet, but has not confirmed if it will do so again this year. This post will be updated when more information on streaming is released.
Read more on the Met Gala here:
Winnie Harlow’s Met Gala Diary
Inside the Met Gala’s Official After Party
Met Gala 2018: 10 Best Dressed Celebrities