One of the biggest nights in fashion is quickly approaching. Below, catch up on everything you need to know about the 2017 Met Gala.
Monday, May 1, 2017.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The institute, better known as The Met, is located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City.
Rei Kawakubo, founder and designer of Comme des Garçons, is the inspiration for this year’s gala and accompanying Costume Institute exhibit at The Met. The museum confirmed the theme last October.
The homage to the 73-year-old fashion trailblazer will reportedly mark the second time the Met honours a living designer solo. The first was with Diana Vreeland's retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. Other designers featured in recent years include Charles James (2014), Alexander McQueen (2011), and Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada in a joint show (2012).
THE DRESS CODE
Avant-garde. It’s a fitting dress code considering Kawakubo’s unconventional, structural designs for Comme des Garçons. We should be seeing a lot of guests (and designers) pushing the limits with red carpet fashion this year.
Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Gisele Bundchen and her husband Tom Brady are co-chairs for this year’s gala.
THE GUEST LIST
In addition to the A-list co-chairs, expect to see Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, Brie Larson and other celebs at this year’s event. Previous galas have seen guests like Taylor Swift, Kanye West, the Kardashians, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Rihanna, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Who won’t be there? Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Met Gala regulars, will not be in attendance because they are “too busy” with their duties at the White House.
THE SOCIAL MEDIA BAN
The use of cellphones for photography and social media at the gala was banned in 2015. There’s no word yet on whether that ban has been lifted for this year’s event.
They’re not cheap — tickets cost Dhs110,000 each and a table costs just over Dhs1 million, according to Forbes.
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between opens on May 4 at The Met, and closes on September 4. There will be 120 womenswear designs from Comme des Garçons on display, ranging from 1981, when Kawakubo first started showing in Paris, to today. According to WWD, the exhibit expected is expected to "rival the scale" of the Alexander McQueen-inspired Savage Beauty in 2011, which drew over 660,000 visitors.
Find out more about what to expect in the video below, courtesy of the museum.
Via Harper's Bazaar US