Everything to Know About the 2024 Met Gala: Theme, Hosts, and More

The 2024 Met Gala, held on the first Monday in May, has officially ended. The 2024 Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, titled “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” will feature approximately 250 items drawn from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection, many of which have rarely been seen in public before. Now that the hotly anticipated event has come and gone, Vogue is rounding up everything you need to know about the event.

Below, everything you need to know about the 2024 Met Gala, which happened last night.

When will the Met Gala 2024 take place?

The 2024 Met Gala took place last night, on Monday, May 6, in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It celebrated the Costume Institute’s new exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.”

How can I rewatch the Met Gala 2024?

The 2024 Met Gala Red Carpet has ended, but if you missed it, you can rewatch the 2024 Met Gala live stream’s red carpet arrivals right here, on Vogue.com, as well as across our digital platforms.

 

Actor Gwendoline Christie, producer and actor La La Anthony, and model Ashley Graham co-hosted the carpet in 2024. Emma Chamberlain also returned as Vogue’s special correspondent to interview some of the biggest stars at the gala.

The Vogue team also shared their thoughts and reactions to the red carpet in the 2024 Met Gala live blog, providing context for all the best looks.

What is the Met Gala 2024 theme?

The 2024 Met Gala celebrated the Costume Institute’s new exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” and the official dress code was “The Garden of Time.” The exhibit will feature approximately 250 rare items drawn from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection. Spanning over 400 years of fashion history, the pieces will include designs by Schiaparelli, Dior, Givenchy, and more. Some garments that are too fragile to ever be worn again—such as a Charles Frederick Worth ball gown from 1877—will also be displayed via video animation, light projection, AI, CGI, and other forms of sensory stimulation.

Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, added that the exhibition will be shaped around three main “zones”—Land, Sea, and Sky—that pay tribute to the natural world. “It is very much an ode to nature and the emotional poetics of fashion,” he said.

Who is hosting the Met Gala 2024?

The 2024 Met Gala hosts were Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, and Chris Hemsworth. They followed last year’s star studded group: Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour. The latter has run the Met Gala since 1995, shaping it into the much-loved annual celebration of fashion we know today.

What is the dress code?

This year’s 2024 Met Gala dress code was “The Garden of Time.” Inspired by J.G. Ballard's short story of the same title, written in 1962, it was interpreted in a myriad of ways. We certainly saw many a floral and botanical looks grace the famed Met Gala red carpet.

What is the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is a charity event and fundraiser for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It has traditionally been timed to mark the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. Year after year, the event raises eight-figure sums.

What happens at the Met Gala?

In short: It’s a secret. For this reason, guests must abide by the no-phone (and, therefore, no social media) policy. However, you can see exclusive photos from inside the 2024 Met Gala here and catch a glimpse of the table settings, menu, and decor. Kendall Jenner also gave us a behind- the-scenes look at the Met Gala through her camera in 2021. The event usually involves a high-profile performer (see the 2024 Met Gala performers here). And guests always explore the exhibition before sitting down together for dinner.

Where is the Met Gala held?

The Met Gala takes place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on the first Monday in May each year (with the exception of the 2021 event, which took place in September due to COVID-19 restrictions). Guests attending the Met Gala typically stay in hotels nearby, congregating at a few celebrity-favorite spots. Last year, the Mark Hotel was a prime location for celebrity-spotting; see our photos from inside its halls.

Who is invited to the Met Gala?

Until the evening before the event, the guest list is top secret. But some of the biggest names in the business regularly attend—from Beyoncé and Gigi Hadid to Madonna and Rihanna. More often than not, designers attend with their muses: think Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss, or Nicolas Ghesquière and Emma Stone. See everything that goes into the Met Gala seating chart here.

Who attends the Met Gala?

The event usually hosts around 450 attendees, welcoming stars, young creatives, and industry paragons each year. Revisit some of the best looks from long-time attendees such as Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, and more of the best Met Gala looks of all time.

Finally, the Met Gala 2024 red carpet has begun and stars are rocking up to the event wearing their own interpretation of the theme ‘The Garden of time’. The co-host of the event, Zendaya, showed up in a reimagined look from Christian Dior's 1999 collection by John Galliano while Kendall Jenner arrived at the event wearing an archival Alexander McQueen-helmed Givenchy look from the haute couture 1999 collection. As we progress into the thick of the red carpet arrivals, it's clear that this time the Indian representation on fashion's biggest night of the year has been the strongest so far, with many notable names from across the globe taking their spot on the Met carpet. From Alia Bhatt to rising star Ambika Mod, here are all the Indians at the Met Gala this year.

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt wore a custom-designed, mint green Sabyasachi sari for the Met Gala 2024. Styled by her long-time stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania, Bhatt's sari was studded with real gems and featured a 23-foot-long train in honour of the theme, ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’. Bhatt debuted at the 2023 Met Gala donning Prabal Gurung couture. Her outfit followed the event's theme, ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’, where she wore a white gown embellished with over 1,00,000 pearls. The intricate embroidery of her gown was executed by artisans in India.

Natasha Poonawalla

Natasha Poonawalla made her appearance at the 2024 Met Gala in custom Margiela designed by the fashion industry's favourite designer of the moment, John Galliano. The Indian heiress paired her look with sky-high platform Christian Louboutins. Previously, Poonawalla made a striking impression at the 2022 Met Gala with her Sabyasachi x Schiaparelli ensemble, perfectly embodying the theme ‘Gilded Glamour’. Few manage to capture the theme as brilliantly as Natasha Poonawalla did when she graced the Met Gala red carpet in 2022, when she wore a custom golden sari designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, paired with a structured bustier from Schiaparelli.

 

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