While on this side of the pond the first Monday in May means a bank-holiday lie in, in New York the day of the biggest event on the fashion fundraising calendar is dawning. Each year the Met Gala brings together the most famous faces from the realms of film and fashion, all dressed in their own interpretations of the theme du jour. But what is the price of a ticket to attend the prestigious affair? Which famous faces does Anna Wintour enlist to host alongside her? And just how long was the train of that famous egg-yolk gown that Rihanna wore in 2015? Here’s everything you need to know.
Text: Katie Berrington
The total number of flowers that went into the lavish decoration of 2016’s Gala (many of which had been flown 2,500 miles from Colombia). Few expenses are spared to ensure that the decor is on point for the illustrious event.
1948 The year that the first Met Ball – then called the Costume Institute Gala – took place, meaning that 2018 will be its 70th anniversary. Founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the benefit was dubbed “The Party Of The Year” as the great and the good of fashion and Hollywood came together to raise money for the institute. Pat Buckley, wife of the conservative author and commentator William F. Buckley Jr., became chairwoman in 1979, and Anna Wintour took over in 1995.
The reported cost in dollars of a ticket to the fashion soiree, with tables – usually snapped up by designers and brands to host their favourite faces – going for around $275,000. However, money doesn’t guarantee you an invitation – Wintour gets final say over the guest list.
The number of films that have documented the months of preparation that go into the Gala and the spring exhibition that it opens. The First Monday In May aired last year, with filmmaker Andrew Rossi following Wintour and the team as they planned 2015’s China: Through The Looking Glass event.
Thought to be the number of pearls dripping from Beyoncé’s bespoke Givenchy Haute Couture latex gown for the 2016 outing. It seemed to be the number of the year – Gigi Hadid’s custom chrome manicure by Mar y Soul Inzerillo hit headlines after it was reported that it cost $2,000.
The number of attendees at the event in 2016, seated around 65 beautifully adorned tables. Those who watched The Last Monday In May will remember the intricate planning that goes into the seating arrangements to keep both brands and guests happy.
The number of co-chairs for 2017 to host alongside Wintour. Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo appropriately takes the role of honorary chair this year, with Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams acting as co-chairs. Wintour has previously enlisted the likes of Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Marc Jacobs to chair the event with her.
The amount in dollars reportedly raised by the ball in 2015 for the museum’s Costume Institute. In addition to being an evening of celebration and photo opportunities – as well as a chance for the famous and fashionable to see the new exhibition before anyone else – it is one of the biggest fundraising events on the cultural calendar.
75 The length in feet of the train of Rihanna’s yellow gown by Chinese designer Guo Pei that turned heads – and inspired many a meme – at the 2016 Met Gala, for which the theme was China: Through the Looking Glass. The singer revealed on the red carpet that it had taken two years to make. The themes range far and wide, with some stars going all out (remember SJP’s flaming headdress that year?) and others opting for looser sartorial interpretations. via vogue.co.uk