|Costume Institute Gala|
|Date(s)||May 6, 2013 (previous)
May 5, 2014 (upcoming)
|Location(s)||Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute
New York City, New York
The Costume Institute Gala (or Costume Institute Ball), known as the Met Ball or Met Gala, is an annual ball that celebrates the annual opening of the Metropolitan Museum's fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute. The red carpet evening is hosted by Vogue magazine. It is regarded[by whom?] as an important social event in New York City. The event has been an annual affair at the Met since 1971 and became popular when Diana Vreeland became consultant to the Costume Institute in 1971 and with her 1973-1974 exhibit "The World of Balenciaga". Other Costume Institute curators that helped develop the annual galas were Richard Martin, Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton.
In 2005 individual tickets ranged in price from $5,000 to $15,000, while corporate sponsors paid $150,000 for whole tables. In 2006, the event raised a total of $4.5 million. In 2010, the price of the top table was $250,000. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list, although Vogue staffers help assemble the list of celebrity invitees. Robert Isabell designed the event for over a decade prior to his death in 2009. Vogue and Chanel have shared the cost of the event.
Each year the event has a theme, and the evening includes a cocktail hour and a formal dinner. The evening rivals the West Coast's Vanity Fair Oscar Party, which is said to have more "star power" but less fashion panache. The Oscars parties have more Hollywood people and press representatives.
List of Costume Institute Galas
- 1971-1972: Fashion Plate (October 1971-January 1972)
- 1972-1973: Untailored Garments (January-April 1972)
- 1973-1974: The World of Balenciaga (March-September 1974)
- 1974-1975: Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design (November 1974 – August 1975)
- 1975-1976: American Women of Style (December 1975-August 1976)
- 1976-1977: The Glory of Russian Costume (December 1976-August 1977)
- 1977-1978: Vanity Fair: A Treasure Trove (December 1977- September 1978)
- 1978-1979: Diaghilev: Costumes and Designs of the Ballets Russes (November 1978-June 1979)
- 1979-1980: Fashions of the Habsburg Era: Austria-Hungary (December 1979-August 1980)
- 1980-1981: The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of China, the Chi’ng dynasty (December 1980-August 1981)
- 1981-1982: The Eighteenth-Century Woman (December 1981 – September 1982)
- 1982-1983: Le Belle Époque (December 1982-September 1983)
- 1983-1984: Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design (December 1983-September 1984)
- 1984-1985: Man and the Horse (December 1984-September 1985)
- 1985-1986: Costumes of Royal India (December 1985-August 1986)
- 1986-1987: Dance (December 1986 – September 1987)
- 1987-1988: In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute (November 1987-April 1988)
- 1988-1989: From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress 1837-1877 (December 1988-April 1989)
- 1989-1990: The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815 (December 1989-April 1990)
- 1990-1991: Théâtre de la Mode – Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture (December 1990-April 1991)
- 1991-1992: No costume exhibition gala presented
- 1992-1993: Fashion and History: A Dialogue (December 1992-March 1993)
- 1993-1994: Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style (December 1993-March 1994)
- 1994-1995: Orientalism: Visions of the East in western dress (December 1994-March 1995)
- 1995-1996: Haute Couture (December 1995-March 1996)
- 1996-1997: Christian Dior (December 1996-March 1997)
- 1997-1998: Gianni Versace (December 1997-March 1998)
- 1998-1999: Cubism and Fashion (December 1998-March 1999)
- 1999-2000: Rock Style (December 1999-March 2000)
- 2000-2001: No costume exhibition gala presented
- 2001: Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years (May-July 2001)
- 2001-2002: Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed (December 2001-March 2002)
- 2003: Goddess: The Classical Mode (May-August 2003)
- 2004: Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century (April-September 2004)
- 2005: The House of Chanel (May-August 2005)
- 2006: AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion (May-September 2006)
- 2007: Poiret: King of Fashion (May-August 2007)
- 2008: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (May-September 2008)
- 2009: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion (May-August 2009)
- 2010: American Women: Fashioning a National Identity (May-August 2010)
- 2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (May-August 2011)
- 2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (May-August 2012)
- 2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture (May-August 2013)
- 2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion (May-August 2014)
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