$30,000 tickets, $2 million jewellery, and $2,000 tuxedos: Unbelievable facts show just how opulent the Met Gala is

Karwai Tang/Getty ImagesLady Gaga at the Met Gala 2019, ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion,’ which reportedly cost $US30,000 to attend.

The first Monday in May hosts the party of the year in the fashion world.

Dubbed the Oscars of the East, the Met Gala themed “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” took place on May 6, celebrating the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition at the Costume Institute.

With 200 pieces on display, featuring high-end designers from Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld to John Galliano and Virgil Abloh, the exhibition focuses on exaggerated fashion. “Camp fashion can be humorous, ironic, or simply extreme in its nature,” wrote Lauren Alexis Fisher for Harper’s Bazaar.

Helmed by Vogue’s Anna Wintour (and co-chaired this year by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, and Serena Williams), the Met Gala is known for its best-dressed and worst-dressed celebrities, socialites, and businesspeople who walk the red carpet in their interpretation of the theme.

Anyone who is anyone is there, at least according to Wintour’s handpicked and closely scrutinised guest list.

This year’s guests’ outfits didn’t disappoint, from Billy Porter’s 24-karat gold headpiece to Lady Gaga’s four outfit changes.

The cost to make an appearance during fashion’s biggest night out is a steep one, and the cost to make the event happen is even bigger. For a reported $US30,000 per ticket, those who passed Wintour’s approval can attend the roughly $US3.5 million event.

And that’s just the beginning of all the money that goes into – and comes out of – what André Leon Talley refers to as “the Super Bowl of fashion.”

Take an inside look at the money behind the Met Gala.


It reportedly cost $US3.5 million to produce the Met Gala in 2016.

Source: The Wall Street Journal


Tickets for the Met Gala reportedly cost $US30,000 — that’s enough to put a family of four over the poverty line. Some sources say tickets can even cost up to $US50,000.

Source:Fortune,Page Six


Tables go for $US275,000 to $US500,000. They cost even more if they’re paid for by sponsors. Yahoo sponsored the Met Gala 2015 and reportedly paid $US3 million for two tables.

Source: Fortune, Page Six


Some celebrities attend the Met Gala for free if they’re sitting at a table a brand paid for, and are lent dresses by fashion designers.

Source: Refinery29


A designer gown for the Met Gala can range anywhere from $US4,495 to $US35,610 — or more.

Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesMet Gala 2019.

Source: The Cut


Accessories can also be pricey. At the 2019 Met Gala, Jared Leto showed up with a replica of his head designed by special effects firm Makinarium for Gucci. A typical Gucci head costs about $US11,368.

Source: The Cut


J.Lo attended the 2019 Met Gala wearing a necklace estimated to be worth $US200,000 to $US300,000 with 15 to 20 carats of diamonds, according to Andrew Fox, president of SuperJeweler.com.


And Billy Porter showed up in a 24-karat gold headpiece, bejeweled jumpsuit with 10-foot wings, custom gold leaf shoes, and other jewels.

Source: Vogue


Harry Styles wore a single pearl earring by Gucci — according to Gucci’s website, the set of pearl earrings retails for $US410.

Source: Business Insider


Serena Williams wore $US799 Off-White x Nike Air Force sneakers by Virgil Abloh with a custom Versace gown.

Source: BET


Last year, Blake Lively also mixed price points, pairing $US5 press-on nails with an extravagant, queenly Versace gown that took 600 hours to make and $US2 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewellery.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesMet Gala 2018.

Source: MONEY,Elite Daily


At the Met Gala 2018, seven celebrities, including actress Lili Reinhart, eschewed wearing luxury designers and opted to wear designs created by fast-fashion label H&M instead.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesMet Gala 2018.

Source: Popsugar


Mitt Romney also took a more affordable route at the Met Gala 2018, hitting the red carpet in a discount Brioni tuxedo from Amazon, where prices range from $US650 for a satin-peak lapel wool tuxedo to $US1,999 for a higher end tuxedo.

Charles Sykes/AP PhotosMet Gala 2018.

Source: MONEY


Some designers auction off their outfits worn by celebrities for a good cause. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing auctioned off all his Met Gala 2018 looks, donating proceeds to RED to fight against AIDS. Bidding prices ranged from $US1,500 to $US5,000.

Kevin Tachman/Getty ImagesMet Gala 2018.

Source: Popsugar


At the Met Gala 2017, several stars were dripping in diamonds, from Paris Jackson’s $US1,730 earrings to Reese Witherspoon’s $US796,620 diamond ring.

Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesMet Gala 2017.

Source: Vogue Australia


Gigi Hadid sported $US2,000 artificial chrome nails dotted with crystals for the 2016 Met Gala. Kiss Nail Products, the company who made the nails, footed the bill.

Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesMet Gala 2016.

Source: Fortune


An A-lister needs a place to get ready for the Met ball. A room at the Carlyle, a popular spot for gala attendees, costs between $US820 and $US910. Rooms at The Mark, another nearby hotel, cost between $US1,195 and $US1,250.

Andrew Toth/Getty ImagesMet Gala 2019.

Source: International Business Times


There’s also the night’s talent. Cher, who reportedly charges $US1.5 million for an appearance, performed at the Met Gala 2019.

Source: Glamour, Pitchfork


The Met Gala raised more than $US13 million last year. Anna Wintour has raised over $US186 million total for the Costume Institute.

Source: The Cut, Forbes

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