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All you need to know about Fashions Biggest Night: Met Gala 2024 "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion"

Fashion's most anticipated event, the Met Gala, has once again dazzled audiences with its spectacle of style and creativity. Held on Monday, May 6, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this year's gala celebrated the opening of the 2024 Costume Institute exhibition, titled "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion."

But first things first...

What is the Met Gala? The Met Gala is a charity event and fundraiser for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It has traditionally been timed to mark the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. Here are some things you probably didn't know about The MET Gala and Our Custom Made digitally created piece inspired by this year's theme

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  1. No Social Media Allowed: Despite the event's star-studded guest list and glamorous red carpet, attendees are strictly prohibited from using social media during the gala. This no-phone policy ensures that the evening remains an exclusive affair, with guests fully immersed in the festivities without distractions.

  2. Guests Are Handpicked: The guest list for the Met Gala is meticulously curated by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team. Invitations are highly coveted, with each attendee carefully selected based on their influence in the worlds of fashion, entertainment, and culture.

  3. Tickets Are Pricey: Attending the Met Gala doesn't come cheap. Individual tickets reportedly cost tens of thousands of dollars, with tables for a group costing hundreds of thousands. However, the hefty price tag is worth it for many, as the event offers unparalleled networking opportunities and exposure.

  4. It's a Fundraiser: While the Met Gala is known for its extravagant fashion and celebrity sightings, it also serves an important charitable purpose. The event is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, with proceeds going towards supporting the museum's exhibitions and programs.

  5. Theme-Based Menus: In addition to the elaborate fashion on display, the Met Gala also features theme-based menus created by renowned chefs. These culinary creations are often inspired by the exhibition's theme and add an extra layer of sophistication to the evening's festivities.

  6. Last-Minute Outfit Changes: With designers working tirelessly to create custom couture looks for their celebrity clients, last-minute outfit changes are not uncommon at the Met Gala. Whether it's a sudden change in weather or a last-minute inspiration, celebrities often keep their stylists on their toes until the very last moment.

  7. Secret After-Parties: While the Met Gala officially ends with the dinner and entertainment portion of the evening, the festivities often continue at secret after-parties hosted by celebrities and fashion houses. These exclusive events offer a more relaxed atmosphere for guests to unwind and celebrate into the early hours of the morning.

  8. Theme Interpretations: One of the most entertaining aspects of the Met Gala is seeing how celebrities interpret the theme of the evening. From literal interpretations to avant-garde creations, guests often push the boundaries of fashion and creativity, resulting in unforgettable red carpet moments.

Sand Dress, Tyla by Balmain. Photo: Getty Images

9. Guests Pay Their Own Way: Despite the perception of the Met Gala as an exclusive event for the elite, many guests actually pay for their own tickets. While some celebrities are invited as guests of designers or sponsors, others purchase their tickets outright, further emphasizing the event's charitable nature.

10. The Exhibition Lives On: While the Met Gala is a one-night event, the Costume Institute's exhibition typically remains on display for several months, allowing the public to experience the glamour and artistry of the gala firsthand. This extended exhibition period ensures that the impact of the Met Gala is felt long after the red carpet has been rolled up.

About This Year's Theme, Exhibit and Hosts

  1. The Theme: "The Garden of Time" The theme of the 2024 Met Gala was inspired by the exhibition's focus on reawakening fashion and exploring its timeless allure. Dubbed "The Garden of Time," the dress code encouraged guests to interpret the theme in their own unique ways, resulting in a stunning array of botanical and floral-inspired looks on the famed Met Gala red carpet.

  2. The Exhibition: "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" Curated by Andrew Bolton, the exhibition showcases approximately 250 rare items from the Costume Institute's permanent collection. Spanning over 400 years of fashion history, the pieces include designs by iconic fashion houses such as Schiaparelli, Dior, and Givenchy. Some garments, too delicate to be worn again, are displayed through innovative mediums such as video animation, light projection, and CGI.

  3. The Red Carpet Hosts and Special Correspondent Actor Gwendoline Christie, producer and actor La La Anthony, and model Ashley Graham served as co-hosts for the red carpet arrivals, while Emma Chamberlain returned as Vogue's special correspondent, interviewing some of the biggest stars at the gala.

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