What is the Met Gala and why do I keep hearing about it every year

It’s unavoidable. Every year, out of the blue, you’re going to see the headlines Met Gala followed by a list of best dressed. Yet, not everyone realises what the Met Gala is and why celebrities dress the way they do every year for it.

To put it simply – the Met Gala, or sometimes referred to the Met Ball depending on who you’re asking, is the fashion world equivalent to the Oscars. It’s an evening in which designers, actors and actresses, models, and even music artist show off the yearly most over-the-top looks they can create. However, it’s not completely random (even though some who are invited to the prestigious event seem to refuse to dress the part). This event has a yearly theme, with the theme of 2018 being Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Though, this event takes place for a surprisingly charitable reason – some of the profit made goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even though you’re seeing it more and pop culture – this event has been taking place since 1946.

Met Gala Invite List


The invite list for the Met Gala is another story though. Only people who are some of the highest achievers in an array of categories: film, music, fashion are invited. Though, sometimes some exceptional people are invited due to their dazzling personality and their prevalence in today’s media. You should note that every year the guest list changes – so if you’re seeing some familiar faces then it means one of two things: they’re either constantly in the media and have the best personality ever, or that they’re just exceptional achievers in the eyes of the list makers.

The Met Gala doesn’t have a strict dress code other – other than wearing an outfit that fits the yearly theme. However, some celebrities have been known to be invited on multiple occasions, and they usually wear something slightly reminiscent of the original theme. Though many of the people who are considered the best dressed of the Met Gala are the ones that go all out and wear some of the most unique recreations of what they, and their designers, think the theme truly means.

What the Met Gala Offers Sightseers

Okay, so what even happens at the Met Gala? The part that is commonly shown to the public is the red carpet where the invitees show off their stunning, or lacklustre, outfits and take pictures with the designers they’re paired with. After all the photos are taken – the invitees then have a chance to walk through the costume exhibit that the Metropolitan Museum of Art before going off to a stunning venue for a night full of dining, dancing, and enjoying the event. Though some of the invites do host and throw after parties to the fun won’t end.
The best dressed in Met Gala history always changes after every yearly theme. Though Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga all have been known to have the best looks for each one of the Met Gala that they attended. Even with this year’s theme, Rihanna stole the spotlight with her dazzling outfit.