Fashion

What is the Met Gala & why is everyone so damn obsessed with it?

This year, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds will co-chair the event alongside Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Regina King.

Who chairs the event?

Other than Anna Wintour, each year the event brings honorary chair members. The late Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace were the first designers chosen to co-chair the night, in 1995.

Since then, among many designers and fashion insiders, the gala has also made room for celebrities (and even royalty) to participate: Caroline Princess of Hanover was a chair of the 2005 Met Gala, Beyoncé was a chair member in 2013, and last year saw Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace co-chairing the event. Donatella is also a sponsor of the exhibition.

This year’s event was set to have Anna co-hosting with designer Tom Ford and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri. 

Can anyone get a ticket?

Without being an actress, model, musician, Vogue editor, A-lister’s plus one, or wealthy enough to donate hundreds of thousands to the Met Museum and become a sponsor, it’s not easy.

Tickets go for approximately £23,000, while tables cost £211,000 – and that’s before you get your hands on a Met-worthy designer dress costing around $30,000. Anyone else think watching it from the comfort of your own sofa with a takeaway suddenly seems more appealing?

Oh, and you super-rich lot getting your cheque books out might want to hold off, because only those who have Wintour’s official seal of approval will be able to attend.

So what do we fancy, pizza? We’ll bring the wine.