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  • Writer's pictureAlysha Autumn

The MET Gala 2019: Pre-Event Guide

Everything you need to know before the first Monday of May

The MET Gala: Fashion's biggest yearly invite-only event. It takes place on the first Monday of May each year at The New York MET (you may recognize this from the steps where Blair eats lunch in Gossip Girl).

The biggest celebrities from of fashion, film, music and art come together to raise money for the Met's Costume Institute and to celebrate the grand opening of its newest exhibition. Watch the documentary on the 2015 Gala on Netflix for a more in-depth discovery of all things Met Gala.

1995 Haute Couture

1996 Christian Dior

1997 Gianni versace

1998 Cubism and Fashion

1999 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 Magnus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

2017 Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

2018 Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Finally, this year's theme is : Camp: Notes on Fashion

So WTF is camp? Please do not let your mind wander to summer camp, because this has nothing to do with it.

Susan Sontag's essay, Notes on "Camp" breaks it down into 58 bullet points for anyone wondering. T

he contents of the exhibition will trace the origins of the subject from the 17th century, specifically the court of Versailles, to the present day. “Basically, we go from sun kings to drag queens,” American Vogue editor Anna Wintour said at a press conference in February.

Anna Wintour, the now former Editor-In-Chief of Vogue has been the event chair since 1995. This year the roster will include Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Alessandro Michele (but will they ever top the Queen of the Met Gala herself, Rihanna???).

This year I hope to see all invitees participating fully in the theme as Rihanna does each year. This is a meeting of minds and culture and depicts fashion in its most exquisite stance: as art. Campiness began in the 1600s and has rooted from over the top style, irony, and above all, art. Watch this video for more on the Met Gala's Theme and take the quiz below to see more from each MET Gala before this year (shoutout Rih for making my list SO many times).



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