What Is The Met Gala? Here's Everything You Need to Know

The 2016 Met Gala will be on Monday, May 2, featuring live coverage from E! News. According to VOGUE, the 2016 theme will be “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” and will feature over 100 works of “haute couture and read-to-wear pieces.” The event has been held at the Met since 1946. Anna Wintour, VOGUE’s current Editor-In-Chief, oversees the event, and VOGUE staffers help decide who is put on the exclusive guest list. So…

What Is The Met Gala?

Known also as the Costume Institute Gala and the Met Ball, the Met Gala is an annual fundraising event that benefits new York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The night includes the grande opening of the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. It’s one of the most exclusive NYC events, and one of the biggest fundraising nights as well. In 2014, the Gala reached an all-time high $12 million. The annual Met Gala goes along with the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and guests are expected to dress according to said theme. The exhibit then runs for the next few months. Previous themes have included China: Through the Looking Glass, Punk: Chaos to Couture and The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. Only approved photographers are allowed to be present at the event; all others are forbidden from using any forms of social media while the event is occurring.

Who Attends The Met Gala?

Celebrities from the arts, fashion industry, film and music productions all attend. There is an annual guest list that typically only includes 650-700 guests. For those outside of the guest list who want to attend, individual tickets cost an average of $25,000. This year, Taylor Swift holds the board position as honorary event day chair.

How To Tune In

Starting with the pre-show at 7 p.m. ET/PT, E! News Live will show the event until 9 p.m. ET/PT. Facebook Live will also show the E! News footage.

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