What Is The Met Gala And Why Do People Care So Much?

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What is this year’s theme?

The 2024 Met Gala theme is ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’ and an official dress code of ‘The Garden of Time’, with the exhibition focusing on using research, conversation, and technology to replicate the sensations of the museum’s major pieces.

What to expect?

Other than sumptuous outfits and loads of photographers trying to get an unforgettable shot, expect lots of bodyguards and fluffers. Yep, fluffers, aka people running around to make the dresses look picture-perfect. It takes a village, people.

This year, Zendaya and J Lo are two of the co-chairs – so we’re expecting some pretty major looks.

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 Penelope Cruz, Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel and Roger Federer co-chairing the event.

This year will see Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez and Zendaya serving as the evening’s co-chairs.

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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 tens of thousands of pounds. 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 Anna Wintour’s official seal of approval will be able to actually purchase a ticket.

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

For more from Glamour UK’s Fashion Editor Charlie Teather, follow her on Instagram @charlieteather.


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