Met Gala 2019: What is the theme, who are the hosts and where can you watch it?
This year, Viktor & Rolf couture dresses will be on display along with creations by Jeremy Scott, Virgil Abloh and Schiaparelli among others.
Come the first Monday of May, the crème de la crème of Hollywood will be part of the most coveted guestlist in all of America - the annual Costume Institute Gala fundraiser at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. What started off as a benefit held to encourage donations from New York's elite all the way back in 1948 by publicist Eleanor Lambert, has now turned into a meeting point of the most famous faces in fashion, film, music.
This year, Viktor & Rolf couture dresses (yes, the same ones that have inspired memes) will be on display along with creations by Jeremy Scott, alongside Virgil Abloh’s “Little Black Dress,” a Schiaparelli flamingo hat, and Bjork’s famous Oscars dress.
Here's everything you need to know about the celebration this year.
What's the theme this year?
This year's theme is a little different from the ones that we've seen so far. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's spring 2019 exhibition will be 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' and will be held from May 9 to September 8, 2019. Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute has revealed that this year's theme is centered around Susan Sontag's 1964 essay Notes on "Camp".
He told The New York Times, "We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalized cultures. Whether it’s pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp — Trump is a very camp figure — I think it’s very timely."
Expect, kitschy, over the top and totally whimsical outfits.
Themes through the last couple of years have been "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination", "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between", "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" and "China: Through the Looking Glass" among others.
When is it happening and how much are the tickets?
The Met Gala will be taking place on May 6, 2019, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As it usually does, the night begins with a fabulous red carpet that leads guests to explore the exhibition of the year.
As for tickets, it costs quite the bomb. Last year's tickets cost about $30,000 each and about $12 million was raised from the benefit - so it will definitely cost that much, if not more.
Who will be hosting?
This will be the event's 71st anniversary and it is currently co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, and Serena Williams. Of course US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is still the chair of the event, as she has been since 1995. Stars like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Amal Clooney and Rihanna have hosted the event in the past so it is likely that Styles and Gaga may be the ones for this year.
Where can I watch it?
Unfortunately, it isn't televised but you can always follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates.