FAQ About Met Gala
The Met Gala was established by Eleanor Lambert, a fashion publicist, to raise money for the Costume Institute and to celebrate the institute’s annual exhibition. For a few decades, Met Gala was one of the benefits held for New York charities.
The Costume Institute curates the Met Gala, an opening night party and fundraiser for the fashion exhibit. It is also the only self-funding curatorial department at the Met. Met Gala is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala’s nickname.
Most invited celebrities don’t pay to attend. However, brands usually host celebrities and get them tables at the event. Celebrities can also be accompanied by their fashion designers. The Met Gala also picks up-and-coming designers to display their creations at the event.
Contrary to other charity events, the Met Gala only accepts guests that hold an invitation. There are even waiting lists to get these invitations as this is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The New York Times states that these invitations are usually dependant on a person’s status.