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The Met Gala: Who Goes, Who Hosts, and Who Decides the Theme

Every Question You've Ever Had About the Met Gala, Answered

The Met Gala: Who Goes, Who Hosts, and Who Decides the Theme

Met Gala season is upon us! The annual event is back on May 2, 2022 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, following its traditional calendar. We know the Met Gala is a tailspin of fashion, beauty, and creativity so it's fair to have lots of questions about the classic event. If you're wondering "What is the Met Gala?" or "What happens at the Met Gala?" don't worry, we have a quick rundown of everything you need to know. Starting with the basics, you may or may not know that Vogue's Editor-in-Chief and Condé Nast's Chief Content Officer Anna Wintour has been cochairing the Met Gala since 1999, and she's the backbone of fashion's biggest night.

Wintour has run the Met Gala since 1995, and continues to make it one of the most televised celebration of fame and fashion. And while you don't need to know exactly how much money the ball raises for the Met's Costume Institute, you should be aware that behind all the glitz and glamour on the red carpet, there's a curated exhibit for attendees (and eventually the public) to enjoy. After losing a year to the pandemic in 2020, Vogue announced the Costume Institute's plans for two major exhibitions for 2021 and 2022. The two chosen Met Gala themes are based on this two-part instillation.

The 2021 Met Gala was based on the first part of the exhibition, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," which is open to the public until September 5, 2022. The second part of the exhibition, and this year's Met Gala Theme, "In America: An Anthology of Fashion," will be open to the public starting May 7, 2022 and will also close on September 5, 2022. You might be wondering, what goes into planning not only the display itself but also the most anticipated, exclusive night in fashion? Anna Wintour handles the seating charts and taps a couple of celebrity performers to entertain, but we're sure you have more questions than that, now don't you? If you're curious about what actually happens at the Met Gala, this year's Met Gala hosts, who gets an invite to the Met Gala, and more, we have all the answers below.

— Additional reporting by Allison Ingrum and Charlotte Kho

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