The Met Gala 2018: Live Updates From the Red Carpet

Fancy pants and a bold floral on Amal Clooney

George and Amal Clooney, a co-host of this year’s Met Gala, were this year’s A-list early birds. Ms. Clooney wore a Richard Quinn creation: a silver strapless corset-like top with dark skinny pants and a silver-and-rose-patterned train that crinkled like foil. Her hair was pulled back in a ponytail.

The couple welcomed twins Alexander and Ella in June. So where were the babies? “They’re under the dress,” joked Mr. Clooney, who turned 57 yesterday.

25 memorable looks from past Met Galas

Princess Diana in 1996. Naomi Campbell in 1995. Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady in 2008. Take a trip back in time and check out some of the most unforgettable looks.

What is the Met Gala anyway?

Called “the party of the year,” “the Oscars of the East Coast” and “an A.T.M. for the Met,” the annual party, always held the first Monday in May, is a chance for stars to push the limits of fashion — and credit lines. Tickets cost $30,000 each. A table goes for $275,000. All proceeds go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, the only curatorial department at the museum that funds itself.

What happens inside?

It’s a secret! For the last three years, posting on social media has been banned after the red carpet. As Vanessa Friedman, The New York Times’s chief fashion critic, writes: “There is a receiving line inside with the hosts, and guests have to file by and air kiss them. Then guests tour the exhibition (or at least, the part in the Met) on their way to the cocktail party, so they are theoretically forced to experience some culture. After cocktails, they are called in to dinner, and there is always some form of entertainment. (Last year, it was Katy Perry.)”

This year’s expected guests

Cardi B, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Frances McDormand, Kim Kardashian West with sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Mitt and Ann Romney, Chadwick Boseman, Princess Beatrice, Zendaya and hundreds more.


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