The 2016 Met Gala unfolded last night in NYC, and it was exactly the fashion spectacular that we hoped for. The Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibit showcases over 100 years of fashion, and focuses on the differences and similarities between handmade and computer-aided apparel. Here are some interesting stats and facts, as well as our favorite moments:
Met Gala Stats by the Numbers
- Total number of clothing pieces shown in the exhibit: 150
- Cost per individual ticket: $30,000
- Cost per table for corporate sponsors: $275,000
- Amount of money raised to benefit the museum at last year's gala: $12.5 million
- Amount of money raised since Anna Wintour started chairing the event in 1995: $145 million
Met Gala Facts
- After walking the red carpet, attendees enter the museum and are greeted by event chairs before walking through the exhibit. After viewing the exhibit they converge in the cocktail area, and finally sit down to dinner and entertainment at their tables in the main room.
- The Weeknd performed at this year's Gala. Last year's featured performer was Rhianna.
- The list of this year's event chairs (in addition to Anna Wintour) includes Taylor Swift, Miuccia Prada, Jonathan Ive, Idris Elba and Nicolas Ghesquiere.
- The Gala has a no cellphone/no selfie rule once guests are inside.
- The guest list is decided upon well in advance, and Anna Wintour/Vogue have final say on all potential attendees.
- A documentary about last year's China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit debuted at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016. It is entitled First Monday in May.
- Vogue hosts a party called Last Saturday in April the weekend before the Gala. This year's party kicked off in a thrift shop in the East Village, and ended in an adjacent Japanese restaurant.
On Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm, join Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of the #CostumeInstitute, as he discusses the current exhibition “#ManusxMachina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” with Robert Sullivan, contributing editor at @voguemagazine at the Apple Store, SoHo (103 Prince Street). Featuring 170 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear, the exhibition explores how handmade and machine-made fashion intersect. This gallery view presents Karl Lagerfeld’s, for House of Chanel, autumn/winter 2014-15 haute couture Wedding Ensemble.
The Costume Institute's exhibit entryway is defined by a dramatic Chanel wedding dress which features a 20 foot laser-printed train.
Who wouldn't love this lineup of the fashion world's biggest names? Anna Wintour, Miuccia Prada, and Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere are three of our favorites.Your hosts and honorary chairs for the evening: Anna Wintour, Jony Ive, Miuccia Prada, @idriselba, @taylorswift, and @nicolasghesquiere. Photographed by @kevintachman. #MetGala A photo posted by Vogue (@voguemagazine) on
We love seeing pics of the decorated ballroom each year... we can always count on them to make it gorgeous. Let us know: who wore your favorite and/or least favorite looks at this year's Met Gala?
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