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The Met Gala was formally known as the Costume Institute Gala aka the Met Ball.
The Met Gala is an annual fund raising gala for the benefit of the metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City.
Each year's event celebrates the theme of the year's Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night, since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit.
It is held on the first Monday of May in Fifth Avenue Manhattan, New York City, United States.
It started in 1946 but has been active since 1948 and that was the first ever event in their history, the founder is Eleanor Lambert
The most recent event was May 6, 2019 organized by Vogue
Next event will come up May 4, 2020.
The first Gala was a midnight dinner and tickets were $50 each. Since the time former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland died in 1989, the Met Gala has been known as a luxurious, blockbuster event and considered "the jewel in New York City's social crown. The Gala is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events in the world and one of the biggest fundraising nights in New York City, with $9 million raised in 2013 and a record of $12 million in 2014.
The Met Gala is one of the most notable sources of funding for the Institute, anticipated to surpass $200 million in total after the 2019 event.
For the few decades of its existence, the gala was simply one of the many annual benefits held for New York charitable institution. Accordingly, the attendees of the yearly galas were almost entirely members of New York high society or the City's fashion industry.
From 1948 to 1971, the event was held at venues including the Waldorf Astoria, Central Park ,and the Rainbow Room.
When Diana Vreeland became consultant to the costume institute in 1972, the gala began to evolve into a more glamorous affair, although one that was still aimed at the societal set. The event start to become more celebrity oriented with attendees like Andy Warhol, Diana Ross and Cher intermixing with the city elites. It was during the Vreeland years that the Gala was first held at the Met and that Gala themes were introduced
The Met costume institute gala is a major fundraising benefit that serves as an opening celebration for the institute's annual fashion exhibit. Following the event, the exhibition runs for several months. The 2014 exhibition was scheduled to run from May 8 until August 10, 2014. The affair, attended by personalities from arts, fashion, high society, film and music, has been held at the Met since 1948 and is considered to be the fashion industry's premier annual red carpet event. It's red carpet fashion are widely photographed, reviewed, critiqued, and ,emulated. The Museum is closed to the general public on the first Monday of May due to the gala occurring.
Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and a chair of the event since 1995 excluding 1996 and 1998, oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list, with the Vogue staffers helping assemble the list of invitees. In 2014, individual tickets cost $30,000 for those outside the official guest list, after prices were raised by $10,000 to increase the exclusivity if the event. The annual guest list is limited to approximately 650 to 700 people.
Each year ,the annual has a theme , and include a cocktail hour and a formal dinner. During the cocktail hour, guests arrive to walk on the red carpet, tour the year's special themed exhibition, and be seated before the dinner party that includes entertainment from the preeminent entertainers of the day. The theme not only sets the tone for the annual exhibit, but also for the guests who attempt to dress to uphold the theme of the year, oftentimes causing runs on certain fashion themes among the world's leading fashion retailers. Sometimes, such as in 2013, the theme is a bit befuddling because it does not provide a clear stylistic directive, while at other times, such as in 2014, the theme may be far more challenging to one gender than the other.
The 2015 Gala and its theme of "China: Through the Looking Glass" became the subject of a documentary- The first Monday in May " directed by Andrew Rossi produced by Conde Nast Entertainment, Vogue and Relativity Studios. 225 approved photographers, reporters and social media participants documented the event for documentary. All other attendees were forbidden from using social media at the event. Guests received notices about the restriction of selfies and social media inside the Gala.
The no -selfie ordinance was extended to the following editions of the Met Gala.

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