In case you are out of the loop, Monday night is the industry’s annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Anna Wintour Costume Institute Gala. Under the direction of Vogue’s editor in chief Anna Wintour (who has been honored with a relatively recently renamed Costume Institute), the gala has become the undisputed party of the year on the New York social schedule and has raised more than $145 million for the Costume Institute (the party funds its operating budget in its entirety).
Attendees, which are all pre-approved by Wintour and have included everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and Rihanna to Gisele, Madonna, the Olsen twins, Kim and Kanye, and every major designer you can think of, pay $25,000 for an individual ticket or commit to a minimum $175,000 for a table of 10.
As for the guest list, it is notoriously strict. While Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are confirmed to attend this year’s gala, Kardashian was reportedly banned in years prior. Moreover, according to a recent article by Vanessa Friedman, “Rumors have gone around for years that Ms. Wintour turns away guests she does not know or who she feels do not fit the image she wants her event to project. Radar Online reported in 2013 that she had “banned” cast members from the “The Real Housewives of New York City” from buying a table.”
However, TFL can exclusively confirm that the following will be in attendance (note: this is not an exhaustive list) ...
Designers/creative directors - Riccardo Tisci, Burberry creative director/CEO Christopher Bailey, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Brandon Maxwell, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, the boys of Provenza Schouler, Tory Burch, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing, Coach creative director Stuart Vevers, Marchesa's Georgina Chapman, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Alber Elbaz, Miuccia Prada.
Models - Anja Rubik, Jessica Hart, Karlie Kloss, Taylor Hill, Doutzen Kroes, Karolina Kurkova, Kate Upton, Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Hailey Baldwin.
Actors - Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, Chloe G. Moretz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Johnson, Jessica Chastain, Kate Bosworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Hiddleston, Tavi Gevinson and Cynthia Erivo, Freida Pinto, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Wilde, Kate Hudson, Allison Williams, Zoe Saldana, Rose Byrne, Nina Dobrev, Amy Schumer.
Fashion industry figures - Derek Blasberg, Lauren Santo Domingo, Anna Wintour's daughter Bee Schaffer, Jenna Lyons, Eva Chen.
Musicians - Taylor Swift (she’s a co-chair, after all), Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Solange, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Zayn Malik.
Sports figures - Controversial tennis star Maria Sharapova.
Others - Apple's Jony Ive, former model Maye Musk and her son, entrepreneur Elon Musk; eco-fashion activist and film producer Livia Firth, film exec. Harvey Weinstein, Kim Kardashian.
As for who is skipping this year: We know Gisele and Tom Brady are opting out. Chances are, a slew of the industry's most well known creative directors (think: Raf, Phoebe, Hedi, Azzedine Alaia) will also likely not be in attendance, which has proven a common practice over the past several years.
Each Met Gala has a theme that coincides with an exhibit at the Costume Institute. Years ago it was Savage Beauty and coincided with the posthumous and recording-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibit. Since then, themes have been PUNK: Chaos to Couture and Charles James: Beyond Fashion, and “China: Through the Looking Glass” – with an exhibit that explores the Chinese impact on Western fashion. This year’s theme? Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. The Gala coincides with a Costume Institute exhibit of the same name, which will explore the blurring line between man- and machine-made fashion. Per Racked, “It's traditional for guests to wear garments that reflect the theme, which means that we can likely expect to see plenty of futuristic (and hopefully plenty of retro-futuristic, too) looks on the red carpet.”
As for the co-hosts, which change every year, with the exception of Wintour. This year they are: are Idris Elba, Taylor Swift (more about that here) and Apple's chief design officer Jonathan Ive. Honorary chairs include Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada. Apple is also sponsoring the event.
HOW YOU CAN WATCH
Other than by following along with us in TFL and its social media accounts, this year’s Met Gala red carpet will be televised. E! will cover the event via its special, Live from the Red Carpet, which will be similar to their coverage for awards shows like the Oscars. A red carpet pre-show will air at 7 p.m., followed by red carpet fashion at 7:30 p.m.
In another new development this year, Instagram will also be highlighting the best videos from within the Met Ball via a dedicated video channel. It'll be accessible on the Explore page until Tuesday at 5 p.m., according to WWD.