MET GALA'14   
The Met Gala was initially called the Costume Institute Gala. It also goes by the name Met Ball. The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. It serves as an opening celebration for the Costume Institute's un-veiling of its annual fashion exhibit. The Met Gala is considered one of the most élite social events in New York and one of the largest fundraising nights of the city with an astounding $9 million dollars raised in 2013.The occasion is attended by personalities from the arts, business, fashion and entertainment and has been held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute since 1971. It is considered one of fashion's industry premier annual red carpet event.

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture

Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor in chief, has been the chair of the event since 1995. Anna administers the benefit committee and oversees the guest list. What makes the Met Gala really fascinating is that each year the event has a different theme, from cocktail hours to formal dinners. This year, the ticket costs $25,000 for each guest.

Some 411 about the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.
The Institute Itself
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute hosts over 35,000 costumes and accessories. It represents five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes and accessories for men, women, and children from the 15th century to the present. The redesigned Costume Institute space will reopen on May 8, 2014, after a 2 year renovation as the Anna Wintour Costume Center with the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion, which will also be on view in the Museum's first-floor exhibition galleries from May 8 through August 10, 2014. The redesigned complex includes the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery, which are the key showcase spaces with a flexible designs that lends itself to frequent transformation with the latest video, sound, and wireless technology. The redesigned center also includes the Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery which will be an orientation point for visitors to The Costume Institute's exhibitions. The redesigned Costume Institute Space will also feature a behind the scenes art costume conservation laboratory; an expanded study/storage facility that will accommodate the combined exhibitions of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute and the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection; and The Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library, which is apparently one of the world's leading fashion libraries.
On Display
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute organizes special exhibitions annually. Due to the sensitive nature of the textiles, the collection is not on permanent public view. However, two fashion-focused tours are available year round: "Fashion in Art," a tour led by Costume Institute docents that discusses costume history within the context of the Museum's collections of armor, textiles, paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; and "Costume: The Art of Dress," a recorded Audio Guide narrated by the actress Sarah Jessica Parker that highlights historical costume throughout the Museum's galleries.
History of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute
It began as the Museum of Costume Art which was an independent unit initiated in 1937 and led by Neighborhood Playhouse founder Irene Lewisohn. In 1946, with financial support of the fashion industry, the Museum of Costume Art merged with The Metropolitan Museum of Art as The Costume Institute. In 1959, it became an overseer/ administrative director of the museum’s collection. The legendary fashion arbiter Diana Vreeland, who served as special consultant from 1972 until her death in 1989, created a memorable set of exhibitions, including The World of Balenciaga (1973), The Glory of Russian Costume (1976), and Vanity Fair (1977), all of which stimulated its audiences and set a high bar for the standard for costume exhibitions globally.
In 1989, Richard Martin took over Diana Vreeland’s role, with the support of Harold Koda (now administrator in Charge), and began a revolving cycle of themed exhibitions such as Infra-Apparel, Waist Not, The Four Seasons, and Cubism and Fashion. Richard Martin's tenancy ended in Rock Style, the last themed exhibition before his death in 1999.
Today, The Costume Institute's Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton initiate special exhibitions each year. Recent thematic exhibitions have included Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years (2001), Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (2008), and PUNK: Chaos to Couture (2013).

Fashion Industry’s Role
The fashion industry finances the work of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute including its exhibitions, achievements and capital refurbishments. Every May, the annual Met Gala with a primary fund-raising goal for the Institute. This is all executed under the leadership of Anna Wintour (Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue), who has been event chair since 1995.

Other Endeavors
In 2002, the Museum established the Friends of The Costume Institute, a group that supports the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute department's exhibition, achievements, conservation and publication programs. This assists in promoting a deep historical and theoretical understanding of costumes. These programs help in the advancement of fashion as an art form as well as encouragement of the study of fashion as a serious academic discipline.

           2014’s Met Gala Theme

This year’s Met Gala theme "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," was a tribute to late British-born designer James, who was known for his highly structured aesthetics. He died in 1978 and was a mid-20th century designer who specialized in spectacular, sculptured gowns constructed with elaborate draping techniques. 

 James always tried on his pieces. He explains, “You’re wearing a piece of art, and you can feel that when you get inside it.”

What personalities zeroed in on the theme?

Alexander McQueen

Bea Shaffer


Lea Michele and Michelle Monagham


Gisele Bundchen and Kristin Wiig


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


Lily Donaldson 

Calvin Klein

Anne Hathaway

Carolina Herrera

Emmy Rossum


Lily Allen
Kristen Stewart 
Chloe Grace Moretz in Chanel Paris-Dallas Metiers d'Art

Dara Lamb

Sandra Lee

Dennis Bassio

Hayden Panetierre 

Dolce & Gabbana

Tabitha Simmons
Kate Upton and Giovanna Bataglia

Coco Brandolini, Hamish Bowles and Bianca Brandolini


Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron 

Donna Karan Atelier

Idina Menzel, Rita Ora and Nicole Richie

Giambattista Vali

Lena Dunham


Naomi Campbell, Naomi Watts and Adriana Lima
Jay-Z and Beyonce, and Erykah Badu

Jason Wu

Diane Kruger and Dakota Johanson

Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams, Riley Keough and Rosamund Pike

Marc Jacobs

 Sofia Coppola and Amanda Peet


Karolina Kurkova and Katie Holmes

Joy Bryant and Kylie Minogue

Michael Kors 

Jessica Pare and Zoe Saldana 
Lily Aldridge and Ming Xi

Miu Miu

Dianna Agron and Elizabeth Olsen

Monica Bellucci

Oscar de la Renta

Sarah Jessica Parker
Aerie Lauder, Karlie Kloss and Ivanka Trump

Taylor Swift

Allison Williams, Claire Danes and Amy Adams

Prabal Gurung

Hailee Steinfeld


Gabrielle Union, Brie Larson and Sarah Paulson

Margot Robbie, Lupita Nyong'o and Adele Exarchopoulos

Ralph Lauren

Rachel McAdams


Kirsten Dunst and Shailene Woodley

Stella McCartney

Reese Witherspoon and Cara Delevingne

Kate Bosworth and Rihanna

Tadashi Shoji

Janelle Monae


Emma Stone


Toni Garrin and Kendall Jenner

Zoe Kravitz,Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky and Jourdan Dunn

Tory Burch

Rashida Jones, Fei Fei, Marina Rust and Tory Burch


Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara and Florence Welch


Donatella Versace

Zac Posen

 Karen Elson, Sarah Silverman and Dita Von Teese
Maggie Q, Liu Wen and Alicia Quarles


Clockwise: Tom Ford, Bradley Cooper, Colin and Livia Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch all in Tom Ford
Douglas Booth and Valentino Garavani

Chrissy Teigan and John Legend in Ralph Lauren Collection
Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne in Burberry;
Johnny Depp in Ralph Lauren Black Label and Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli Coutur

Donna Karan and Calvin Klein; Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Lanvinand Lorraine Schwartz jewelry; Tommy and Dee Hilfiger

Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren in Ralph Lauren; Ruth Wilson in Erdem and Erdem Moraliioglu;
Elizabeth Cordry and Charlie Shaffer

Clockwise: Alasdhair Willis and Stella McCartney; Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons; Christopher Kane and Natalie Massenet in Christopher Kane; Elaina Watley and Victor Cruz
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka in Thom Browne

Clockwise: Gilles Mendel and Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel; Bryan Canston in Calvin Klein Collection; David Beckham in Ralph Lauren Black Label; Frank Ocean in Givenchy

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