The Metropolitan Museum of Art will not be hosting its annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, a.k.a the Met Gala for the first time in 72 years. That’s right, every first Monday in May since the late 1940’s Hollywood’s elite have been coming together to support The Costume Institute.
And this swanky benefit is arguably the most exclusive event one can attend. You either have to be famous or be personally invited by a celebrity or Anna Winter herself. Unlike other soirées where you could maybe finagle getting inside, if you’re not someone, you’re not getting in. And so, the elite guest list coupled with the no photo policy makes the Met Gala one of the only parties where celebrities can actually have fun.
And while I know that celebrities are just people (who happen to be rich and famous) I sometimes forget the people part because we never really see them out in public as themselves. So, while every year the Met Gala red carpet is always a big spectacle of who is wearing what, who’s dating who, some grand entrance…don’t you want to see what’s going on behind the closed doors? I do. But in looking back through thousands of images from the annual event, unsurprisingly, there aren’t many photos taken from inside — but there are however 100 really great ones.
A version of this story was originally published in May 2020.