What is the Met Gala?

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala or Met Ball,  formally called the Costume Institute Gala, was founded in 1946 by Eleonor Lambert. Each year the gala draws out the wealthy to raise money for the Metropolitan Exhibition of Art’s Costume Institute, which is the only department at the museum required to raise its own funds.

THE THEME. The theme changes every year and it’s decided by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. It determines the dress code of the attending guests. The gala is an excellent opportunity for designers to present their clothes and promote their brands.

Here are some iconic looks from the Met Gala since it was founded.

Princess Diana attended the Met Gala in 1996. It was her first and only appearance at the Met gala. Diana wore a lingerie-inspired navy-blue and black lace silk dress and paired the ensemble with a matching silk robe. Dior designed the dress.







Claire Danes made a grand entrance with her elegant, modernized dress in 2016. Her dress is one of the most iconic and was dubbed “Cinderella” due to its resemblance to the fairy tale.







Blake Lively attended the 2018  Met Gala with her husband Ryan Reynolds. Donatella Versace designed the dress, and it cost $4.08 million.








One of the most talked about outfits in 2015’s Met Gala was Justin Bieber. He was titled “Golden Boy” for the gold patterns on his suit.