Met Gala - What you need to know

Met Gala - What you need to know

Buckle up for this ride, because this year’s Met Gala has been a big one.

But before we go over the fabulous looks of the night, we could all use a refresh on the history of the event.

How did it become the most important fashion night of the year?

Met Gala 2024 Theme Will Be “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” | Vogue
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Met Gala 2024. Apariții extravagante la cea mai mare petrecere de modă a  anului. J. Lo a purtat o rochie transparentă | FOTO -
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It may come as a surprise, but the event wasn’t created with the intention of being the grand occurrence we see today, with celebrities glamming up in the most sumptuous gowns.

In 1948, when publicist Eleanor Lambert hosted the first Met Gala, the main intention was to raise money for the newly founded Museum of Costume Art, which would later be acquired by the Metropolitan Museum. The ticket was only $50, and anyone that contributed was welcome to attend.

Though that year the event went by almost unseen (WWD was the only fashion magazine to mention it), Lambert had already set high expectations about what it had to become.

‘I want it to be one of the gayest and most beautiful parties New York has ever seen, and we hope in one evening to raise all the money necessary to maintain the facilities of the Costume Institute.’

By making it exclusive, she made it desirable.

See Photos of Princess Diana at the Met Gala
Princess Diana at the 1996 Met Gala, dress by John Galliano (Credits: Vogue)
Cher in a Mackie - 1985 | Met gala dresses, Cher looks, Gala dresses
Cher at the 1985 Met Gala, dress by Bob Mackie (Credits: Getty Images)

In the following years, the venue and date of the event changed many times, until it became tradition to hold it the first Monday of May on the iconic steps of the Metropolitan Museum of art. In 1971 Diana Vreeland introduced the first theme in the gala. From that moment on, the philanthropic target has in some ways been surpassed by the fashion relevance of the night, and the Met Gala has officially become the real party of the year.

Back to last night, let’s take a look at the celebrities who best interpreted the theme: The Garden of Time, a homage to this year’s exhibition at the Costume Institute titled “Sleeping Beauties, Reawakening Fashion”.

The undisputed queen of the event, Anna Wintour, opened the dances with a black embroidered coat by Loewe (sponsor of this year’s Met).

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Anna Wintour, Vogue Editor-in-Chief, attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Aliah Anderson/Getty Images)
Anna Wintour - Credits: Getty Images

Florals, as seen on the Vogue editor, were undoubtedly the star of many looks, as seen on Amelia Gray, Nicki Minaj and Sydney Sweeney.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Amelia Gray attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Amelia Gray - Getty Images
Nicki Minaj Transformed Into a Floral Sculpture at the 2024 Met Gala | Vogue
Nicki Minaj - Getty Images
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Sydney Sweeney attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Sydney Sweeney - Getty Images

Zendaya, once again, really stood out and presented not one, but two magnificent gowns, one by Maison Margiela Couture and the other by Givenchy Vintage, both designed by John Galliano.

Met Gala 2024 highlights: Red carpet looks from Zendaya, Kim Kardashian,  Cardi B., Sydney Sweeney and more
Zendaya - Vogue
Zendaya est apparue non pas dans un, mais deux looks, au Met Gala 2024 |  Vogue France
Zendaya - Vogue

Two personal favorites were Gigi Hadid and Lana Del Rey. The model wore Thom Browne, a white gown with a long trail that can double as a coat (how creative!), while the singer was dressed in custom Alexander McQueen, inspired by Giacometti’s sculptures which depict the human body as slim and stick-like figures, almost trapped inside them.

Gigi Hadid al Met Gala 2024 in Thom Browne | Vogue Italia
Gigi Hadid - Vogue

Met Gala 2024 : La tenue de Lana Del Rey est un hommage à une collection  emblématique d'Alexander McQueen | Vogue France
Lana Del Rey- Vogue