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Wake up, sleeping beauties. It’s almost Met Gala time

NEW YORK (AP) — A true love’s kiss or an invitation to the Met Gala? Those who belong to the rarefied ranks of international celebrity – and the good graces of Anna Wintour – don’t have to choose.
Stars from film, fashion, music, sports, politics and social media will climb the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the first Monday in May – that is, May 6 – for cocktails, dinner and the new exhibition to taste: “Sleeping Beauty: fashion reawakening.” As fashion’s biggest night approaches, it’s time for The Associated Press to release the 2024 version of our annual guide.
SO WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE MET GALA?
It started in 1948 as a midnight supper for the society, and didn’t even take place at the Met. More than seventy years later, it is one of the most photographed events in the world, known for its dazzling red carpet, even if the carpet is not always red.
It’s important to note, however, that the party has a purpose: to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute—nearly $22 million last year, a record for the self-funding department—and to launch the annual spring exhibition that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. to the museum.
But it’s the carpet itself that captures the world’s attention, with the 400-strong guest list the subject of fanatical speculation until the last minute – a celebrity collection that arguably delivers the highest celebrity wattage per square meter of any party in the world. the world.
WHO IS HOSTING THIS YEAR?
‘Anna Wintour Me Preguntó’, Bad Bunny could sing. Multi-hyphenate Jennifer Lopez is adding another role to her busy year. And then there are two Marvel stars who have been spending a lot of time in the desert lately: Zendaya, who continues to wow on the red carpet with her “Dune” and “Challengers” looks, and Chris Hemsworth, who trades Mjolnir . for the upcoming ‘Furiosa’. (In fact, Hemsworth is attending the gala for the first time.)
And of course Wintour himself.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WITH GALA THEME?
The theme revolves around ‘sleeping beauties’, but has little to do with fairy tales. ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’, the title of the accompanying exhibition, refers to garments from the Costume Institute’s collection that have been ‘asleep’ and will now be exhibited, some of which are too fragile to hang upright lest they fall them apart. Curator Andrew Bolton selected 250 pieces from four centuries.
The theme is accompanied by a dress code: this year it is ‘The Garden of Time’. The theme and dress code are often interpreted… loosely. So there is a chance that you will still see an Aurora on the carpet.
HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR A MET GALA TICKET?
Wrong question. You can’t just buy a ticket. The right question is: If I was famous or powerful and was invited, how much would it cost?
OKAY, IF I WAS FAMOUS OR POWERFUL AND I WAS INVITED, HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST?
You may not pay yourself. In general, companies buy tables. A fashion label would then house the desired celebrities. Tickets have historically cost $50,000 for an individual, and $300,000 or more for a table.
HOW CAN I WATCH?
You can watch the whole tapestry unfold via a Vogue livestream. If you’re in New York, you can also join the fans across the street, behind barricades, on Fifth Avenue or even further east on Madison. And the AP will have a livestream of departures from the Mark Hotel, where many gala guests are getting ready.
WHAT IS HAPPENING INSIDE?
Upon entering the museum, guests walk past what is usually an impossibly huge flower arrangement in the lobby, with perhaps an orchestra nearby, and to cocktails. Or they go to see the exhibition. Cocktails are from about 6pm to 8pm, followed by dinner, but the best known – or those planning to make the biggest entrance – sometimes come (fashionably) later.