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Met Gala
Wed, 2019-May-08 02:17 UTC
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With 553,380 views on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 our article of the day is Met Gala.

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit. Each year's event celebrates the theme of that year's Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night, since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit.

The Met Gala was established in 1948 as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute and mark the opening of its annual exhibit. The first gala was a midnight dinner and tickets were fifty dollars each. Since the time former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland died in 1989, the Met Gala has been well known as a luxurious, blockbuster event and considered "the jewel in New York City's social crown". The Gala is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events in the world and one of the biggest fundraising nights in New York City, with US$9 million raised in 2013 and a record of $12 million the following year. The Met Gala is one of the most notable sources of funding for the Institute, anticipated to surpass US$200 million in total after the 2019 event.

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