FIRST MONDAY IN MAY

Arguably the biggest date in the fashion social calendar is coming up at the beginning of next month, and of course we are talking about the Met gala. The Met gala is a yearly fashion focused celebration that’s been getting bigger and bigger as each year passed. Anna Wintour, formally known to be the chief editor of Vogue, has been leading the Met Gala event since 1995.

FIRST MONDAYS OF MAY- The date the Met Gala falls on annually

The Metropolitan Museum of art’s costume institute Gala, or more socially known as the Met Gala is a massive fashion event attended by massive industry names in both fashion and celebrity status.

The event is a fundraiser ran to fund the yearly exhibits held by the costume institute among the metropolitan museums fashion department as they are the only department in the museum which is self-funding. The Met is basically the equivalent of the Oscars In the fashion world, it’s the biggest opportunity for Fashion designers to team with big celebrity and influencer names to create beautiful wearable art to be showcased along the walk up the metropolitan museum steps on the night.

As the event is a charitable one, entering the event requires a rather large donation, all for good cause of course. Reportedly single tickets for 2019’s met Gala costs $35,000 and for a table inside the exclusive no phones venue the cost is allegedly around $200-300,000. The only way to gain access to this massive fashion event is to be selected by a specific designer to be there for taken under their wing and dressed in their garments which best reflect the theme chosen for the Met gala this year.

The event has a age restricted at over 18s only and none other than Billie Eilish was the youngest celebrity to be given a chair and invited by Anna Winsor to attend the event.

To be able to attend the Met Gala Chief Vogue editor and Chairwoman of the event, Anna Wintour must invite you, with the event being invite only this also means there’s a waiting list for an invite.

The met Gala is notoriously held on the first Monday of May every year to signify and fund the opening exhibitions of the museum’s costume institute inside the fashion department.

In 2020 the Met gala was not able to go ahead due to the Covid 19 outbreak and due to the same circumstances in 2021 the event was postponed to the second Monday into September, leaving 28 months between 2019 and 2021’s Met Gala.

BILLIE EILISH 2021 MET GALA DRESSED BY Oscar de la Renta
CHER 1985 MET GALA
IMAN 1981 MET GALA

THE BEGINNING

In the beginning of the Met Gala tickets only cost $50.

In 1948 American fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert virtually founded the idea of hosting a fashion driven event for the new exhibitions held by the Costume institute, since then a lot has changed and the desire to attend the event, be the best dressed and dressed by the best has built up. After Lambert the event was in the hands of Diana Vreeland, she was responsible for the massive event till 1995. Vreeland was found the importance with merging celebrities into this side of the fashion world and began inviting names such as Diana Ross and Cher to attend the Gala, Vreeland was responsible for also introducing unique fashion designers adding more ‘one of a kind’ and exclusive art to the Gala.

1973 MET GALA
VREELAND (LEFT) AND DATE
MET GALA 2002
MET GALA 1973

ANNA WINTOUR

In 1995 Vogue’s editor in chief took the Met Gala under her wing, this only seemed fitting as her role in Vogue, the massive monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine, is to decide on the style of the publication, she determines the final say in how the magazine looks and the vibe which the article is portraying- so let’s say the Met Gala is in good hands.

Wintour strategically determines who’s invited to the event based partly off their appeal they’ll have among the pages of vogue yet to come after the event.

According to ‘‘VOI’ a Journalism website

“Her guest list evolved to reflect the fashion, entertainment and political stars who would later grace the pages of Vogue.”(Voi 2022).

Anna Wintour was Vogues first creative director in the 1980’s.

@interviewmag ON INSTAGRAM 1993 Ellon Von Unwerth

Anna Wintour is the ultimate girl boss in the fashion journalism world. As well as being the editor in chief for vogue and woman in control for the Met Gala she also takes the title of the artistic director for massive news distribution company Conde Nast. If Anna Wintour couldn’t be any more of a girl boss powerhouse it’s rumoured a early personal assistant wrote a book, now massively successful film Devil wears Prada, based of Wintour.

THIS YEAR

Since Wintour became in charge of the Met in 1995 the concept of a theme for the event began. Wintour chooses the theme carefully and each designer will create their own interpretation of what the theme means to them with a spin of their brands style.

Last year’s Met Gala theme was “In America: A Lexicon of fashion” and we saw a lot of Bold statements, gold monarchy style, spins on old American fashion- Yes we are talking about Billie Eilish in Oscar De La Renta gown channelling Marilyn Monroe, and of course masks from the designers. 2021s theme was centred around the question ‘WHO GETS TO BE AMERICAN’ according to vogue.

It’s known that the fashion designers of today have a huge role to play in big convocations…

“…around diversity, inclusivity, sustainability, gender fluidity, and body positivity,”– Andrew Bolton Costume institutes creator in charge.

It’s not difficult to see that the Met Gala brings many well-known faces together for one night, but the gala is so much more than that, it gives designers a space to show their fashion as an art form and do so as they please weather it stick to being minimal or be completely exorbitant.

MET GALA 2021 FRANK OCEAN PRADA
MET GALA 2021 OLIVIA RODRIGO YSL
MET GALA 2021 KENDALL JENNER GIVENCHY
MET GALA 2021 KIM KARDASHIAN BALENCIAGA
MET GALA 2021
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AND AURORA JAMES
MET GALA 2021 IMAN IN HARRIS REED

This year the met gala has been given the theme of “In America: An Anthology of Fashion’’ and designers have been given the challenge to channel their inhouse style through and make something which the message reflects. With this theme we expect to see notes of American style, past and present, but exaggerated and interpretations in fashion of US heroes. this year’s Met gala signifies the opening of the costume institute exhibition part 2 exhibition, part 1 being ‘A lexicon of fashion’ which last year’s met gala opened.

BEST LOOKS…

It only seems appropriate to review some of the best Met gala looks we have had up to now, to get us excited for the event to take place in 2 weeks time

NAOMI CAMPBELL 2019
GIGI HADID 2018
RIHANNA 2019
SOLANGE KNOWLES 2015
JENNIFER LOPEZ 2015
SCARLETT JOHANSSON 2004

BY IMMI STURGEON