The 2013 Costume Institute Benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or the Met Gala, as most of us know it) is just days away, and as the star-studded event to celebrate the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit draws closer and closer, more details about who's wearing what, who's sitting where, and how to purchase a piece of the magical evening have emerged.
Keep checking back for frequent updates, but in the meantime, a rundown of everything — and we do mean everything — you will need to know about the gala, here.
The Designers and Their Dates
While nothing will be fully and officially confirmed until celebrities and fashion insiders step onto the red carpet, we do have a good idea of which celebrities will be on the arms of designers climbing the steps at the Met Monday night. Below, a list of possible pairings as reported by Eric Wilson of The New York Times:
- Solange Knowles will attend with Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Kenzo.
- Model Lily Cole will attend with fashion's original punk, Vivienne Westwood.
- Gisele Bündchen is said to be trying on an Anthony Vaccarello.
- Jennifer Lopez will and Michael Kors will attend the party together.
- Gwyneth Paltrow is rumored to be coming with Valentino.
- Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard, both faces of Miss Dior, will wear Dior.
- Julianne Moore will reportedly wear a custom Balenciaga look by Alexander Wang.
- Debbie Harry and Nicki Minaj will attend the gala with Tommy Hilfiger.
- Elle and Dakota Fanning will walk in with the Rodarte sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy.
- Allison Williams is coming with Joseph Altuzarra.
- Elizabeth Banks will walk the red carpet with Brian Atwood.
- Stella Tennant will be attending with Christopher Kane.
- Carolyn Murphy will attend with Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping.
- Emma Roberts will wear Diane von Furstenberg.
- Jessica Alba will attend the event with Tory Burch.
- Jaime King and Julianne Hough will be wearing Topshop.
- Event chairs Rooney Mara and Riccardo Tisci will attend the event together, meaning Mara might wear Givenchy.
Update: According to Page Six, Chanel Iman will walk in with J. Mendel designer Gilles Mendel.
Update 2: Early Monday, Chanel confirmed that it will dress Anna Wintour (who usually wears Chanel Couture at the Met Gala), the musician Grimes, Amanda Harlech, Bella Heathcote, January Jones, and Diane Kruger on tonight's red carpet. Joshua Jackson and Edgar Ramirez will wear watches from Chanel's J12 collection.
Other designers and fashion houses have reached out to confirm who they'll be dressing for the event. They include:
- Nina Dobrev, who will be attending with Monique Lhuillier and wearing a custom look from the designer.
- Darren Criss, who will wear a custom tuxedo designed by Richard Chai.
- Ming Xi, who will wear Jason Wu.
- Lena Dunham, who will wear custom Erdem.
- Emily Blunt, Minka Kelly, Vanessa Redgrave, Patricia Lansing, and Marissa Mayer, who will all wear Carolina Herrera.
- Amber Heard, who will be attending with Emilio Pucci creative director Peter Dundas and wearing a custom red lace gown he designed.
- Gwen Stefani, who will wear a custom look from Maison Martin Margiela.
- Jessica Alba and Ginnifer Goodwin, who will both wear custom gowns from Tory Burch.
Update 3: Donna Karan has confirmed that actresses Emmy Rossum, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jennifer Morrison will all wear one-of-a-kind dresses from Donna Karan Atelier. Meanwhile, both Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne have tweeted that they'll be on the red carpet in Marc Jacobs.
The Shoppable Red Carpet
Moda Operandi, one of the event's sponsors, worked with a number of brands — Balmain, Wes Gordon, and Nina Ricci among them — to make certain looks from the red carpet available for purchase the very next day.
The Capsule Collections
Burberry has created a limited-edition line of clothing that went on sale in its two New York stores today. It includes men's and women's studded leather jackets (like the one seen at left), a studded stiletto, and a classic white t-shirt, among other items.
Meanwhile, Moda Operandi's Punk Shop plays host to an exclusive curated mix of punk-tinged merchandise, plus items that were created specifically to tie in with the gala and exhibit.
Update: Shoemaker Charlotte Olympia has teamed up with jewelry designer Tom Binns on a line of shoes and handbags covered with punk's ultimate signature, the safety pin.
Who's Sitting Where?
So far, Tommy Hilfiger's table has the lion's share of star power. According to WWD, Nicki Minaj, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, Debbie Harry, Lily Aldridge, Zooey Deschanel, and Tommy and Thalia Mottola will all be at the designer's table and will all wear his clothing.
Lane Crawford, which is splitting a table with Vogue China, will reportedly play host to Jason Wu, Angelica Cheung, Jessica Paré, Zhang Ziyi, Liu Wen, Ming Xi, Carina Lau, and Maggie Q.
Update: Page Six has reported that Kate Upton has been invited to sit at Diane von Furstenberg's table, while her fellow model Lily Cole will sit with Vivienne Westwood.
It's been reported that Kanye West will provide the entertainment at this year's gala, but so far no performers have been confirmed. Other possibilities include Psy, the Korean artist best known for his hit song, "Gangnam Style," who is coming as a guest of event sponsor Samsung, and Beyoncé, who has been named an honorary chair of the event.
The Live Streams
There are no less than four places where viewers can watch the red carpet online May 6 starting at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT. Both Samsung and Moda Operandi, sponsors of the event, will have streams, and so will Vogue.com and The Metropolitan Museum of Art's website.
If you're not on the gala's guest list, you'll have to wait until the exhibit opens to the public on May 9. The show will be on display until Aug. 14, but members of the Metropolitan Museum will be granted access on May 7 and 8.
Top left, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; top right, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photographed by David Sims; middle, Getty; bottom, courtesy of Burberry.