On the first Monday of may, every year for the past 70 years, there is an unforgettable social gathering at 1000 5th avenue. You may wonder what kind of shindig could be happening at such an address which happens to be the Metropolitan Museum of Art; it would be none other than the infamous Met Ball.
Also known as the Met Gala, which is actually a fundraiser for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, here in New York City. The Gala marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit. Attending such a gala you can only expect to see the cream of the crop A list celebrities, from Rihanna, to Sarah Jessica Parker, to Beyonce and don't forget all the fabulous models who are walking mannequins for the latest designers. However if you wish to rub shoulders with the who's who be prepared to pay $30k for a seat or $275k per table.
What makes the Met Gala unlike any other, are the eccentric and dreamy themes. These themes aren't anything like your friendly halloween costume party. Some of the past themes have been "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion", "Punk: Chaos to Couture", and one of my all time favorite "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty". Once the theme has been announced every stylist is on the hunt to find the perfect piece, accessory or anything for that matter that will hit home for the infamous red carpet walk.
There are 2 goals to this evening,  out do everyone else and get an outfit that screams this year's theme.  Level up from last year! You have to be the bell of the ball. Be a RIhanna when she did "China: Through the looking glass" with her hand made imperial yellow, fur trimmed cape that took two years to make and not Kim Kardashian "Punk: Chaos to Couture" when she looked like your grandmother's couch in a Riccardo Tisci down with matching gloves.
The question now, what will we see tonight? With this year's theme being "Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garcon", it's definitely going to be interesting to see how people try to exhibit Kawakubo's avant garde and artistic aesthetic. This will be the first time the Met has honored a living designer since Yves Saint Laurent back in 1983. Kawakubo being the living artist told Business Fashion how she personally felt about this upcoming exhibit, "I was not so happy at first. I never wanted to be a retrospective, and it ended up like that.It's a Met show for Comme des Garcon, not a Comme des Garcon show at the Met. Compromises were made."
I think those same compromises that were made on her behalf will be the same compromises that people will be making with it comes to outfit selections. There will be very few who will be able to truly carry the Kawakubo/CDG look, and I am betting on Rihanna, Solange, Madonna, and Heidi Klum to pull it off best. But we will see! Tonight's the night...are you ready? If you aren't going to be one of the many fans waiting outside the met, be smart and catch it on E!, tonight at 7:30pm.
In the meantime enjoy this fun graph to see if you can make it in next year!