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All The Details About the 2019 Met Gala

From the fantastical theme to the celeb hosts.

Following the success of the 2018 Met Gala exhibition' Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination', the Metropolitan Museum of Art is already dusting off the red carpet ahead of its next show.

And, from the sounds of it, it's going to be even more diamond-encrusted, celebrity-filled, and serving more hair spins and gasping for air moments than a RuPaul Drag Race season finale. 

But can the theme really be able to top Rihanna's 2015 pizza-like yellow fur-trimmed gown designed by Guo Pei? Or Ariana Grande's 2018 Vera Wang dress depicting scenes from Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgment'?

Here's everything you need to know about the Met Gala 2019:


What is the Met Gala?

Also known as the Costume Institute Gala, the Met Gala is a massive fundraising event that celebrates the opening of a new fashion exhibition each year at the Metropolitan Museum.

Founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the annual benefit was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York's high society. Nowadays, it's the hottest ticket in town with everyone from Blake Lively to Lady Gaga clamouring to be invited. 

Each year a different dress code is chosen as the theme of the evening to tie in with the exhibition opening. Previous themes have included 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' and 'China: Through the Looking Glass'.


When is the Met Gala 2019?

As per the name of the now-legendary documentary ,'First Monday In May', the Met Gala is, you guessed it, on the first Monday in May each year. For 2019, that means we'll be falling into an Instagram hole of outrageous red carpet outfits on Monday 6th May.

What time is it?

If you're stateside in New York then you can view the proceedings from 7pm. If, like us, you're in the UK, then it'll be late night internet trawling from midnight onwards.

Can you watch the Met Gala on TV?

Alas, the Met Gala isn't televised with celebrities heading down the red carpet before doing a pre-opening tour of the exhibition and sitting down to a star-studded dinner. However, Instagram stalking is totally possible.


Where is the Met Gala?

The clue is in the name, with the 'Met' part of the 'Met Gala' referring to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Each year the museum presents a new fashion exhibition with the Gala marking the opening.

What is the Met Gala 2019 theme?

Following on from this year's Met Gala exhibition 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination', the Metropolitan Museum of Art has finally announced its new focus of inspiration for the Costume Institute for 2019: 'Camp: Notes on Fashion'. So you can expect lots of exaggerated shapes and OTT styling.

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