The first Monday in May, aka the MET Gala, has historically become one of the most mesmerizing days in the world. Filled with innovative fashion, limitless creativity, and every heavy hitting celebrity across every industry. Both behind the scenes, and in front, many many beautiful should pull together to make the worlds biggest party a night to remember, and talk about, forever. The evening was created for fundraising efforts for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ Costume Institute.
Each year the event comes with a theme to curate the ambiance of the evening which focuses around the exhibit the Museum focuses on. From the decorations, to the many Costumes, passion and inspiration is sewn into every little detail to showcase the exhibit go the year. It became the night to be at in 1948 when astounding fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert was on the heels of launching New York Fashion Week, and curated the entire benefit for the Costume Institute. Moving to the 1970s when then editor in chief Diana Vreeland joint the Institutes board as a consultant getting involved in the event and further shaping the foundation to become elite. Then in 1995 current Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour began to reign over the evening and created what we know it as present day.
Each year the stars across the Fashion, Entertainment, and Sports industries truly go big creating mesmerizing and unforgettable Red Carpet moments to reference for years of MET Gala talk to come. Like the moment Rihanna stole the evening in the royal yellow Guo Pei’s cape, Or Naomi Campbell in sparkling Versace for the 1995 evening, to Janelle Monae in that timeless triple-tier hat and dazzling seeing eye by Christian Siriano. Although we can’t enjoy anything new for today, we can definitely dive into the fun of the previous years. The 2020 MET Gala is still postponed indefinitely, but Vogue has curated a day dedicated to still creating a magical first day in May. This year’s exhibition, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” celebrates a monumental 150 years of the Met, is set to open to the public on October 29th.
See some of our favorite looks from the previous years below.