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Every year we gather around to witness the annual celebration that consists of millionaires coming together to showcase their drip! The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event held in New York City. It serves as the opening celebration for the Costume Institute’s fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Met Gala has gained widespread recognition and coverage beyond the fashion industry. It has become a pop culture phenomenon, with millions of people following the event on social media and discussing fashion choices and celebrity appearances. The event is known for its extravagant decor, star-studded guest list, and memorable fashion moments.

After last night’s Met Gala 2023, we decided to do some research on the historical event and provide you with some insight!

The Met Gala was first held in 1948 as a way to raise funds for the newly established Costume Institute. The event was organized by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert. In the early years, the Met Gala was a more subdued gathering, with attendees mainly consisting of high-profile people and members of the fashion industry. In the 1970s, the Met Gala started to incorporate themes to align with the Institute’s fashion exhibitions. These themes influenced the dress code for the event, inspiring guests to dress according to the exhibition’s theme. Each year, the themes are different. This year for the 2023 Met Gala the theme was ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’. The themes have varied widely, ranging from specific fashion eras to cultural movements and artistic inspirations.

In 1995, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour became co-chair of the Met Gala, and her influence helped transform it into the high-profile event it is today. Wintour brought in celebrity guests and infused more glamour into the event. With Wintour’s involvement, the event became known as the Costume Institute Benefit or the Met Gala. It started attracting a wider range of attendees, including A-list celebrities, designers, and artists. The event has also become a platform for designers to make bold and innovative fashion statements.

The primary purpose of the Met Gala is to raise funds for the Costume Institute’s exhibitions, acquisitions, and operations. Tickets for the event are highly exclusive and expensive, contributing to the significant fundraising efforts.

Today, the Met Gala remains one of the most significant and glamorous events in the fashion industry, showcasing the intersection of fashion, art, and celebrity culture while raising funds.


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