The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, where celebrities dress up in extravagant outfits to have dinner at the Met but do not burglarize it, happened yesterday! And today, New York Design Agenda is going to show you everything!
The Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest event on the fashion fundraising calendar. Founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the benefit was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York’s high society. Nowadays, it’s the hottest ticket in town with everyone from Blake Lively to Lady Gaga clamoring to be invited.
Every year the Met Gala takes place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The night begins with a cocktail hour, in which guests walk the red carpet and explore the new exhibition, before sitting down to dinner and the evening’s performance, which this year came courtesy of Cher.
Each year a different dress code is chosen as the theme of the evening to tie in with the exhibition opening. Previous themes have included ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture‘ and ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’.
Following on from this year’s Met Gala exhibition ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, the Costume Institute for 2019 is: ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’.So you can expect lots of exaggerated shapes and OTT styling.
Since 1995, the event has been chaired by US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who enlists public figures to serve as her co-chairs. Past hosts have included Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Amal Clooney, and Rihanna. The Met Gala 2019, which marks the event’s 71st anniversary, was co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, and Serena Williams.
Lady Gaga, one of the night’s hosts, had three outfit changes on the red carpet. She arrived in a fuchsia dress with an enormous train and an entourage of umbrella-holding, suit-wearing men to handle it.
Katy Perry came as a chandelier. Her headpiece weighs 40 pounds. Asked how she would sit down, she rolled her eyes. “You don’t sit down at the Met,” she said. She began singing Sia’s 2014 hit song, “Chandelier” as she walked away.
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