After being canceled last year by the coronavirus pandemic, the spectacular fashion event returned on September 13
The Met Gala made the second Monday of September the most fashionable day of the year and one of the most important dates on the social calendars of celebrities.
But how historic is the annual event? The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is generally only closed four days a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and usually the first Monday in May when the gala takes place. (And yes, it will return on Monday, May 5, 2022).
Although the first Met Gala was held in 1948, it did not really become the luxury event it is known for today until Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour took over the gala's presidency in 1995.
Since then , has become one of the most important red carpets, with hundreds of people working throughout the year to organize the event, which brings together the most prominent names in fashion, acting, music, sports and politics to an unforgettable night that should not be shared on social networks.
This year's theme was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion", with superstars Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, and Amanda Gorman serving as co-chairs, along with Wintour, designer Tom Ford, and Instagram director Adam Mosseri.
If you thought the list of names was impressive, wait until you learn about the meticulous level of planning that goes into the star-studded event, including the months spent just on the seating chart.
- No selfies
You'd think that everyone who attends an event as ostentatious as the Met Gala would be forgiven for taking any pictures to capture special moments of the occasion. However, in 2015, it was reported that the use of social media had been banned at the event, in order to suppress celebrities who spend most of the night on their phones.
"The use of telephones for photographs and social networks will not be allowed within the gala," said a notice sent to all the guests.
- Children under 18 years old are not allowed
In 2018, it was revealed that the Met Gala had enacted a new age restriction. This meant that high-profile people under the age of 18 were no longer able to attend the event.
"I can't go because I'm not old enough," 16-year-old model and dancer Maddie Ziegler told The Hollywood Reporter when asked if she would be present on the coveted red carpet at the Met Gala.
- No smoking inside the museum
In 2017, celebrities like Bella Hadid, Dakota Johnson and Marc Jacobs were photographed smoking cigarettes in the bathroom at the Met Gala. That same year, it was reported that board members and donors to the event had expressed dismay at the guests who smoked at the event, with one saying it was "disrespectful to the art collection."
According to Page Six, following the complaints, guests at the 2018 Met Gala were informed that it was "illegal to smoke in the museum." It was allegedly mentioned in the invitations to the event that smoking at the event was strictly prohibited.
- No onion breath
After the Met Gala red carpet, event guests enjoy a cocktail hour and formal dinner. According to The New York Post, certain foods are deliberately omitted from the menu at the request of Wintour herself.
A former Vogue employee told the publication that parsley is prohibited to avoid the risk of the herb getting stuck in people's teeth.
No onion or garlic is served at the event, to avoid any outbreak of bad breath, while no bruschetta is offered to guests in case of food spills in quirky sets.
- The strict seating arrangement
Wintour is very particular about where his Met Gala guests sit on the night of the event. In the 2016 documentary The First Monday in May, which details the degree of planning that goes into the event, Vogue's director of special projects, Sylvana Ward Durrett, explained that the seating plan includes a lot of "power brokerage".
“A lot of thoughts go into who's sitting next to whom, if they sat together last year, if they sat next to each other at other events, it's a lot of things, it's amazing,” explained Ward Durett.
According to Durrett, spouses never sit next to each other. “The point of these things is to meet new people and be interested in what other people are doing. What's the point if you come here to hang out with your husband? " she added.