The Met Gala returns: A guide to fashion's big night

29/4/2022 4:44:00 AM

The Met Gala returns: A guide to fashion's big night

The Met Gala returns: A guide to fashion's big night

Who's hosting this year's event on May 2, who's invited and what's the theme?

LinkedIn It started in 1948 as a society midnight supper, and it wasn't even at the Met.LinkedIn PARIS: A Paris police officer is set to be charged with"wilful violence" after he opened fire on a car in the heart of the capital on Sunday night, killing two people just hours after President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected.LinkedIn British comedian James Corden said on Thursday (Apr 28) he will exit The Late Late Show on CBS television in 2023 after eight years as host to explore other opportunities.LinkedIn LOS ANGELES : British comedian and talk show host James Corden will exit"The Late Late Show" on CBS television in 2023 after eight years in the job, a network spokesperson said on Thursday.

Fast forward 70-plus years, and the Met Gala is something totally different, one of the most photographed events in the world for its head-spinning red carpet – though the famous carpeted steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art aren't always red.We're talking Rihanna as a bejewelled pope.The 24-year-old was taken into custody afterwards for questioning as part of an internal inquiry, and prosecutors determined there appeared to be no grounds for self-defence and instead a likelihood that he responded with excessive force.Zendaya as Cinderella with a light-up gown."I never want this show to overstay its welcome in any way," Corden said in a clip released on YouTube.Katy Perry as a chandelier morphing into a hamburger.A police report of the incident seen by AFP said the car was parked the wrong way with its hazard lights flashing on the banks of the Seine, prompting the five-person foot patrol to investigate.Also: Beyonce in her"naked dress".Corden announced the decision during a taping of his Thursday night episode in Los Angeles, the spokesperson said.

Kim Kardashian in a face-covering bodysuit.The two occupants who were killed had extensive criminal records, while a third person was injured." Corden was relatively unknown in the United States when he began hosting the Late Late Show but generated buzz with his viral"Carpool Karaoke" segments in which he sang along with stars including Adele and Lady Gaga.Billy Porter as an Egyptian sun god, carried on a litter by six shirtless men.And Lady Gaga's 16-minute striptease.Inquiries are still underway, but the officer is facing a charge of"wilful violence with a weapon by a person in authority", as well as a charge of wilful violence resulting in someone's death.Not to forget, the Met Gala is still a fundraiser – last year the evening earned more than a whopping US$16."And there will be tears," he said.4 million (S$22.Source: AFP/ec.Corden, 43, also hosted the Tony and Grammy awards and appeared in films including the critically panned movie musical"Cats".

7 million) for the Met's Costume Institute.Let's also not forget that it launches the annual spring fashion exhibit that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the museum..But it's the Met Gala carpet itself (now watchable for everyone, on livestream) that draws the world's eyes, with the guest list strategically withheld until the last minute – a collection of stars from movies, music, fashion, sports, politics and elsewhere that probably makes for the highest celebrity wattage-per square foot of any party in the world.Herewith, a primer for the 2022 Met gala, which is on May 2: Blake Lively, left, and Ryan Reynolds attend the world premiere of "The Adam Project" at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, Feb.28, 2022, in New York." Corden, 43, also hosted the Tony and Grammy awards and appeared in films including the critically panned movie musical Cats.

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) AGAIN, ALREADY? Yes, we just did this in the fall.The annual fundraiser for the Met's Costume Institute is traditionally held the first Monday in May, but because of the pandemic, a postponed gala was held in September.WHO'S HOSTING THE 2022 MET GALA? This year's hosts are Regina King, power couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.CBS is a unit of Paramount Global.September's slate of hosts included Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka.Of course, Vogue's Anna Wintour is supervising the whole shebang as she has since the '90s.

Her fellow honorary co-chairs are designer Tom Ford and Instagram head Adam Mosseri.IS THERE A THEME FOR THE MET GALA? Of course.The Met Gala theme for this year is"Gilded glamour, white-tie", guests have been told.As usual, the sartorial theme comes from the exhibit the gala launches:"In America: An Anthology of Fashion", which is the second of star curator Andrew Bolton's two-part show exploring the roots of American style.This one will showcase some lesser-known designers, and also some top film directors, including Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, host King, and last year's Oscar winner Chloe Zhao.

Their work will be displayed in the period rooms of the American Wing, so expect some grand fashion, like those gowns from HBO's The Gilded Age.Artfully ripped jeans, this time? Not so much.DOES EVERYONE FOLLOW THE MET GALA THEME? Not really.Some eschew it and just go for big and crazy.But expect some guests to have carefully researched the theme and to come in perfect sync with the exhibit.

It was hard to beat the carpet, for example, when the theme was"Catholic imagination" and Rihanna came as the pope, Zendaya channeled Joan of Arc, and Perry navigated the crowd with a set of enormous angel wings.HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR A MET GALA TICKET? Wrong question.You cannot just"buy" a ticket.The right question is, IF I were famous or powerful and got invited, how much would it cost? IF I GOT INVITED TO THE MET GALA, HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST? Well, you might not pay yourself.Generally companies buy tables.

A fashion label – Michael Kors, for example – would then host its desired celebrities, or fashion muses.But each paid seat reportedly costs around US$35,000, though some guests are invited for free.Billy Porter attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition on May 6, 2019, in New York.(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) SO WHO GETS INVITED TO THE MET GALA? This year, there will be 400 guests – similar to the September gala, and lower than pre-pandemic highs of 500–600.Trying to predict? Take out your pen and jot down some A-listers, the buzzier the better.

Newly minted Oscar or Grammy winners, for example – or fashion favourites like Chalamet, who wore white Converse shoes last year.Do the same with pop music, sports, politics, fashion of course … and Broadway, a special favourite of Wintour's (and remember, Miranda's a host this year).Now, cross everyone off your list except the very top.At the Met Gala, everybody's A-list.THAT MUST BE AN EXAGGERATION.

Not really.Ask Tina Fey.She went in 2010 and later described walking around trying to find somebody"normal", that is, not too famous, to sit and talk with.That ended up being Barbara Walters.HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN THE MET GALA? Well, these days you can watch the whole carpet unfold on livestream.

And really, the carpet is the party.(Ask Gaga!) If you're in New York City you can also join fans across the street from the museum on Fifth Avenue, and even further away on Madison Avenue, pressed up against police barricades.You might get lucky: Last year, Chalamet ran over to greet his admirers.DO WE KNOW WHO'S COMING? AND WHO ISN'T? Like we said, it's secret.But reports slip out, often about who is not coming.

Fashion favourite Zendaya has confirmed she has other plans.And Rihanna is about to give birth, so we'd assume she'll skip, but then again, she's Rihanna so let's not assume anything.WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE THE MET GALA? Entering the museum, guests walk past an impossibly enormous flower arrangement in the lobby (one was more than 250,000 white roses) and over to cocktails, often held in the airy Petrie Court.Or, they head to view the exhibit.Around 8pm, they're summoned to dinner – perhaps by a team of buglers ("Are they going to do that between every course?" actor Gary Oldman asked aloud one year.

) We can't personally describe anything beyond that, either dinner or the musical performance, but you can find clips of Rihanna singing on the table tops in the documentary The First Monday in May, and it looks fun.IS IT FUN FOR EVERYONE? Occasionally, someone says no.Fey, in a comic rant to David Letterman in 2015, described the gala as a"jerk parade" and said it included everyone you'd ever want to punch, if you had millions of arms.Amy Schumer said she felt awkward and left"earlier than should be allowed".But most profess to having fun.

Then there was Joan Collins, who arrived channelling her imperious Dynasty character, Alexis, in 2018, ready to have a blast, but seeking liquid sustenance."I'm having a great time," she told The Associated Press."I'd be even better if I had a drink." Source: AP/sr.

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