- It’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a. the fashion department)
- The party signals the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual blockbuster show, and it is known for its celebrity and fashion hosts.
- the exhibit is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”.
- The hosts are Anna Wintour, chairwoman of the gala; Jonathan Ive, chief design officer of Apple; Taylor Swift; and the actor Idris Elba.
- Ever since Ms. Wintour, the editor of American Vogue and the artistic director of Condé Nast, took over as chairwoman of the gala in 1999, she has since then, transformed it from a local philanthropic event into the ultimate global celebrity/power cocktail.
- The tickets are quite expensive, I guess that’s why it is an event for celebrities. This year tickets are going for $30,000 apiece, and tables are $275,000. The party and exhibit are generally sponsored and this year Apple is sponsoring.
- All the money raised from ticket sales goes to the Costume Institute. Last year, more than $12.5 million was raised.
- No, attendance isn’t open to just anyone. Ms. Wintour and Vogue would have to approve.
- There’s usually a theme for every year, and celebrities are encouraged to dress accordingly.