8 things you didn’t know about the MET Gala and 12 looks you cannot unsee.

Call it the Oscar’s of the east coast or the grandest event of the year, the has been buzzing for a good few years now. Ever wondered why it’s such a big thing? Here’s something you didn’t know about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Institute Benefit, better known as the .

  1. It happens on the first Monday of May.
  2. The event basically acts as an ATM for the MET.
  3. With a ticket costing $30,000 and tables at $275,000, it’s one of the hardest parties to get into. It’s all invitation only, handpicked by Anna Wintour herself.
  4. Wintour oversees every detail, down to timed entrances for guests.
  5. E! covered the event for the first time this year. It used to be a very exclusive, no social media kind of an affair before.
  6. The gala and accompanying exhibition was sponsored by Apple this year.
  7. The theme this year was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, an attempt to focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion.
  8. Minimalism is relatively unknown at the MET gala. The more OTT, unwearable and uncomfortable, the better.

This year, the gala saw a leaving-nothing-to-imagination Givenchy on Madonna, a black and gold Prada dress paired with a Tomagotchi on Katy Perry, a 5-piece ensemble by Calvin Klein made of plastic bottles on Emma Watson, a whole lot of futuristic warrior chic silver, body harnesses, slinky cut-outs, champagne and blush. Put on your shades and get ready to be blinded by a sea of metallic with A-list celebs bringing their A-game to the red carpet. See it all here.

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