Met ball 2017

It’s known as the fashion world’s Oscars, but it’s a lot more than just a red carpet

The Met Gala is more than just the fashion world’s version of the Academy Awards. The annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute brings together the biggest names in entertainment, fashion and politics for one night of revelry. Take the world’s biggest celebrities, dress them in couture and stick them in a room together, and sparks are bound to fly. President Historically, guests are also supposed to dress in the fashions of the event’s in humor of the designer Before the stars descend on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on Monday night, learn more about the annual event. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit informally called the Met Gala or the Met Ball, is a black-tie fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute. The event also celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The Costume Institute is housed in the museum’s Anna Wintour Costume Center, named after the Vogue editor-in-chief. Wintour has served as the Met Gala co-chair nearly every year since 1995.

This year’s theme

Opening this month, the Costume Institute’s new exhibit honors the work of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo. The Costume Institute’s choice of honoree often sets the tone for the Met Gala, with attendees expected to match the exhibit’s theme with their own fashion choices for the evening.

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