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Met Gala

From a charity dinner to the big fashion night

The Met Gala is one of the most important events of the year in the fashion world. Each year, the gala kicks off the spring exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

It dates back to 1948 when Eleanor Lambert, the fashion publicist also known as «the queen of public relations», organised a fundraiser for the Costume Institute. The event, which was advertised as «The Party of the Year» was a success. Later, thanks to Diana Vreeland, who had then been appointed a trustee of the Costume Institute, it gained significant importance due to her many important contacts. In 1972, she decided to move the event to the museum itself. A few years later, it was with the presence of Jackie Kennedy (to whom Diana was style advisor) as co-host of the gala themed «The Glory of Russian Costume» that the event achieved worldwide recognition. Today, since 1995, it is Anna Wintour, co-host of the gala, who heads the organisation.

A different theme each year is defined by the museum itself, first presented to CEO Max Hollein and President Daniel H. Weiss, and then to Anna Wintour who gives final approval. The Costume Institute’s director says with regard to the theme, «It’s important that we stimulate debate and circulate ideas that are difficult to address or considered problematic». The cost to attend started at $50 and is now $50,000, with only 400 places available.The gala begins with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner with a carefully selected and exquisite menu.

We share the beauty of traditions and the importance of details. The aim of caring for and enhancing the experience around the table.

De una cena benéfica a la gran noche de la moda

La Met Gala es uno de los acontecimientos más importantes del año en el mundo de la moda. Cada año, la gala da inicio a la exposición de primavera del Costume Institute del Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Su origen se remonta a 1948 cuando Eleanor Lambert, la publicista de moda también conocida como «la reina de las relaciones públicas», organizó un evento para recaudar fondos para el Costume Institute. El evento, que se publicitaba como «La fiesta del año» resultó un éxito. Fue más tarde gracias a Diana Vreeland, la que entonces había sido nombrada consejera del Instituto del Traje, cuando cobró una importancia significativa debido a sus numerosos e importantes contactos. En 1972, decidió trasladar el evento al propio museo. Unos años más tarde, fue con la presencia de Jackie Kennedy (de quien Diana era asesora de estilo) como co-anfitriona de la gala con temática «The Glory of Russian Costume» cuando el evento logró su reconocimiento mundial. Actualmente y desde 1995 es Anna Wintour, copresidenta de la gala, quien lidera la organización.

Una temática diferente cada año es definida por el propio museo, primero presentada al CEO Max Hollein y al presidente Daniel H. Weiss, y posteriormente a Anna Wintour quien da la aprobación final. El director del Costume Institute afirma sobre la temática «Es importante que estimulemos el debate y pongamos en circulación ideas que sean difíciles de tratar o consideradas problemáticas». El valor para asistir comenzó siendo de $ 50 y hoy en día es de $ 50.000, con sólo 400 plazas. La gala comienza con un cóctel seguido de una cena sentados con un cuidado y exquisito menú.

Compartimos la belleza de las tradiciones y la importancia de los detalles. La forma de cuidar y mejorar la experiencia alrededor de la mesa.

Diane Vreeland known as «the queen of public relations» at the Met Gala

1903, Museum of Modern Art 

1960s Met Gala

1974, Bianca and Mick Jagger at the Met Gala «Romantic And Glamorous Hollywood Design Exhibition»

1995, Kate Moss in Calvin Klein at the Met Gala «Haute Couture»

1996, Princess Diana at the Met Gala «Christian Dior»

Anna Wintour Breaks Down 13 Met Gala Looks From 1974 to Now x Vogue

Some Met Gala themes since 1971

1971–1972: Figurín – Fashion Plate
1972–1973: Untailored Garments 
1973–1974: The World of Balenciaga 
1974–1975: Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design
1975–1976: American Women of Style
1976–1977: The Glory of Russian Costume
1977–1978: Vanity Fair: A Treasure Trove of The Costume Institute
1978–1979: Diaghilev: Costumes and Designs of the Ballets Russes
1979–1980: Fashions of the Habsburg Era: Austria-Hungary 
1980–1981: The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of China, the Chi’ng Dynasty
1981–1982: The Eighteenth-Century Woman
1982–1983: Le Belle Époque
1983–1984: Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design
1984–1985: Man and the Horse
1985–1986: Costumes of Royal India
1986–1987: Dance
1987–1988: In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute
1988–1989: From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress 1837–1877
1989–1990:The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815
1990–1991: Théâtre de la Mode – Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture
1992–1993: Fashion and History: A Dialogue
1993–1994: Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style
1994–1995: Orientalism: Visions of the East in western dress 
1995–1996: Haute Couture
1996–1997: Christian Dior

1997–1998: Gianni Versace
1998–1999: Cubism and Fashion
1999–2000: Rock Style 2001: Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years
2003: Goddess: The Classical Mode
2004: Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century
2005: The House of Chanel
2006: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion 
2007: Poiret: King of Fashion
2008: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
2009: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion
2010: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture
2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion
2015: China: Through the Looking Glass
2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
2017: Rei Kawakubo: Comme des Garçons 
2018: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic
2019: Camp: Notes on Fashion
2020: About Time: Fashion and Duration (suspended due to Covid)
2021: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion
2022 – In America: An Anthology Of Fashion- Dress code «Gilded glamour and white tie»
2023 – Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty

Words: Elena & Beatriz Perelli
Photographs: Getty Images, Francesco Scavullo, Ron Galella / WireImage