• Brielle Marie Pierce

Met Gala 2019 Has Arrived, Darling

Updated: May 7, 2019

Today is the day: It's Met Gala Monday! If you're like myself, all day you've been daydreaming about what you would wear if invited to the Met Gala. I personally love to study the theme beforehand and dream of how I would take on the fashion, and how the celebrities and public figures who will attend should take on the theme as well.

For the 2019 Met Gala, the theme is "Camp: Notes on Fashion". The theme is originated from an essay written in 1964 by writer Susan Sontag. When I 1st heard the theme, I assumed everyone would show up in tie-dye shirts and hiking boots. But the further I studied, I learned that the word "camp" is another term for exaggeration. It's dramatic, makes a statement, and will offer a different viewpoint on fashion. In her essay, Sontag featured 58 bullet points on what camp truly represents. In bullet point #41, it states, "The whole point of camp is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious." Sontag also writes that camp is "a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers", which I am almost certain will happen tonight.

We all know the Met Gala is THE most exclusive party/event to be held. The exclusivity isn't just because of the star power in attendance. Anna Wintour, the Editor-In-Chief of Vogue Magazine, is the only person who creates the guest list for the Met. She personally selects those who will attend, designers and fashion brands to celebrities and artists. It is possible that a non-celebrity can attend the Met Gala, however, the ticket pice is $30,000 alone. If you didn't flinch when you read that, then you must not know there is an additional $275,000 for a table. The seating charts are usually grouped by table and if you aren't part of a fashion house or brand, you probably won't get in. Also, Anna has to approve of your ticket and table purchase REGARDLESS if you could afford to buy out the Met Gala. So, basically if Anna doesn't deem you worthy enough to attend, then you simply will not attend. And that, my friends, is exclusivity.

The point of the Met Gala is to raise money for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan in New York. The money raised at the Gala is used for their funding throughout the year. Due to the very famous and very wealthy people in attendance, Anna Wintour, and Vogue, the Costume Institute makes millions of dollars each year solely from the first Monday in May!

Take a look at my favorite looks from past Met Galas!!!