• Riya Jadhav


Cardi B stuns in her gigantic red dress
If you are a die-hard fashion enthusiast then you will know how patiently yet eagerly we all wait for this festival to come every year!
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Rihanna's pope-inspired heavily embellished white strapless dress and headpiece

Celebrities from all over the world are invited from Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johannsson, Nick Jonas, Ezra Miller to Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai, and Priyanka Chopra. Artists like Zayn, Rihanna, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and many more add loads of glamour and exoticism to this festival.

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Gigi Hadid wears Versace

Especially for models and supermodels the Met Gala is a golden opportunity as it is the biggest platform to express ones fashion in the rawest form, models like

Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham, Naomi Campbell, and many more are sighted in this spectacular event.

It's a very big deal and is very hyped!

But very few of us know why and what this festival is all about?

Isn't it?

Let me give you a small brief on it
Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute

Formally met gala was named as 'Costume Institute gala'.

It's a fundraiser that is dedicated to the 'Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute' in New York. This museum was previously named as the 'Anna Wintour costume center', who has been a chief chair member of museum gala since late 1995.

Normally, this gala is super well organized and is held on the first Monday of May every year.

And truly,

It's a very exclusive and elite festival and a lot of money and investments are involved.

Speaking about fashion influencers,

All the supermodels and high-end fashion aficionados are invited and are challenged to showcase their fashion through their artistry. Top class designers and fashion houses are generously invited and hired to create the most creative, visionary, and innovative fashion projects and then are presented on this international platform.

Kendall's black ombrè gown was embellished with 85,000 hand-placed crystals.

Every Met ball has its defined unique themes for example:

In 2015, the theme was "China: Through the Looking Glass" and now in 2020, its "About Time: Fashion and Duration", which is unfortunately postponed due to the pandemic.

Met Ball has enormous magnitude of value to every invitee.

Beyonce wears custom-made Givenchy dress made out of Talalay latex.

If it's about making a big fashion statement then there comes Beyonce and if you want to see some matching silvery and bling dresses then there you go, Kim and Kanye West walk down the red carpet. And when it's about making a political statement say about women's right we have Madonna right there standing next to paparazzi (reference: 2016 controversy of Madonna)

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Kim and Kanye in Met Gala 2017

Met ball is not just about Richie riches, celebrities, and high-class fashion houses. It takes a whole village to give it the right essence of its auspiciously fashionable aroma- Hundreds of photographers waiting for their perfect shots, Celebrities' personal bodyguards, And people who are just roaming around VIPs to keep in check with their costumes so that they can be clicked perfectly.


There's a lot of effort and a big master plan behind this very successful and popular festival.

Behind the scenes

Now you might wonder just like the younger me,

Is met gala free for celebrities or do they have to pay for walking on the red carpet in their extra looks?

After a good rigorous research, what I found out was unless you are a famed actor, a vogue editor, musician, or a super-wealthy business tycoon, it's not easy to attend the met gala, so watching it on TV with a bowl of popcorn and passing comments and opinions around is super convenient according to me.


(Bad luck that insides are not televised but anyways watching them walk the red carpet is oddly satisfying and very "dreamy")


About celebrities paying their bill, they don't have to

Tables inside are owned and purchased by preeminent fashion brands and remarkable companies like Apple, and then respectively they invite celebrities. But here it is, they have to sit at that table of a designer who dresses them or company that addresses them.

But if you are someone who is NOT fortunate enough like Beyonce then you probably have to pay a quarter-million bucks or more, To buy a seat or a table.

Also, it's an invites only event i.e no one can enter without a proper invite and Ms Wintour personally approves everything all by herself.

Anna Wintour paid tribute to the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld

Looks like a super tedious job to do.

But everything here is so lavish and glamourous and who would not love to invest their time in sorting and deciding who will attend "THE MET GALA" or not.

So dreamy!!

Ok, I'm gonna stop drooling myself upon this now and let's talk about-


Me for first,

And secondly, there are celebrities like André Leon Talley who is a journalist and actresses like Tina Fey, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc who have given quite bold statements for disliking met gala parade for various reasons.

Also, how can we forget Zayn Malik stating its better to stay home and compose rather than attending this ball.

Lady gaga wears massive hot pink gown

So even after the met gala has created its high benchmark in the fashion sphere, there are people who absolutely hate it for the dramatic and sometimes overdramatic appearances, but for fashion fanatics, models, and super fame loving and fashion visionaries they have considerable latitude in their respective fields when met gala comes into the picture.

Did you ever wonder: Why celebrities don't carry their phones?

While walking down the red carpet, of course, it will take the aesthetics away; but its a rule from Wintour's book that during gala and museum no one is allowed to take selfies or use phones and are strictly prohibited to use social media during the gala to avoid distractions.

Blake lively Wearing a custom Versace gown

On the concluding part, I'll say

The met gala is typically a fashion jamboree where its F-ashion with a capital F. Because it's not just the world for models and other celebrities but also for their background supporters i.e their bodyguards, makeup specialties, their costume groomers and so many other people who give their all heart and soul for that celebrity to make a statement in that extravaganza.

Paparazzi thriving for a perfect shot

Mediocre famed photographers, the small dress designers of every celebrity, the museum workers, the other fashion designing community workers, etc are behind the curtain whom we fail to appreciate.

Rita Ora gives off beyonce vibes

So yes! agreed a lot of funds are funded in, but are they worth it?

Is the appreciation reciprocated to lower or I'll rather say less wealthy contributors? Are they given acknowledgement for their work?

Let us know your views regarding this, right in the comments section below.


And have a Gala day ahead!

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