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Met Gala

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit, often called the “party of the year,” is one of the most buzzed-about galas in New York. Attended by fashion’s biggest names, plus plenty of celebrities, the event, co-chaired by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, raises funds for the museum's Costume Institute and typically takes its cues from the spring exhibition. The 2015 event will take place on May 4; here's our archive of related coverage.

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MET TO RENAME COSTUME INSTITUTE FOR ANNA WINTOUR: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will be renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center in honor of the Vogue editor’s fund-raising and stewardship of the Met Ball. The New York Times: “Since 1995 she has presided over 15 benefits there, turning what was once just another fancy fund-raiser into a must-attend event that attracts fashion designers, actors and celebrities from around the world.”
Posted January 15, 2014, 8:07 a.m. EST

MET BALL FINDS A THEME: The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will focus on American courtier Charles James for its spring exhibition, which provides the launching point for the A-list benefit. Woman's Wear Daily: “There could be many dramatic ballgowns making their way up the Met’s steps, but also expect to see some color.”
Posted September 4, 2013, 8:15 a.m. EDT

Behind the Scenes at the Met Gala


Inside the Met's Pink for Punk Gala

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute celebrated the opening of the spring exhibition, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," with its high-profile gala that included a razor-blade chandelier, the Union Jack in roses, and zippered chair covers.

Event Report Posted May 10, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

Costume Institute Gala Puts Models on the Red Carpet, in the Decor, and in El Morocco-Style Banquettes

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute debuted its latest exhibit, "The Model as Muse," at Monday night's gala, and the subject matter was in the decor and all over the red carpet.

Event Report Posted May 6, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

Dark Knight Production Designer Stages Superman's Fortress for Costume Institute

With the help of a Hollywood production designer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute created a larger-than-life design inspired by superheroes for its annual gala.

Event Report Posted May 6, 2008, 4:07 PM EDT

Costume Institute Gets a Whimsical, Feminine Look

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's big benefit had a more delicate appearance this year, taking design cues from the aesthetics of French designer Paul Poiret.

Event Report Posted May 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT

Costume Institute Channels English Garden Party

The much-fussed-over "party of the year" seated fashion's heavy-hitters and beautiful people at tables—with no tablecloths—set up inside mini gardens.

Event Report Posted May 3, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT

Costume Institute Returns to Oh-So-Exclusive Form

If the big Met benefit had lost some of its luster in recent years, this year’s Chanel-sponsored French garden (with its 7,000 flown-in gardenias) reaffirmed its place as New York’s most talked-about benefit.

Event Report Posted May 4, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT

Party of the Year? 1750, Maybe

Event Report Posted May 5, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT

Costume Institute Goes Gucci-Style Greek

Event Report Posted April 30, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT

Kennedy Style at the Costume Benefit

Event Report Posted April 25, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT