Met Gala 2019: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Fashion's Biggest Night Out
By Desiree Murphy
The first Monday in May is almost here!
In just one week, a handful of celebrities will gather together at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the annual Met Gala, aka the Super Bowl of fashion. Stars like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker and Madonna have ruled the red carpet in past years, and we have no doubt that this year's event will be any less star-studded or fabulous.
From the quirky theme to who you can expect to see posing on the famous Met stairs, ET's breaking down everything you need to know ahead of fashion's biggest night.
When is the 2019 Met Gala?: This year's bash kicks off Monday, May 6, with red carpet arrivals beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Follow along right here at ETonline.com -- we'll be live blogging all the biggest moments and analyzing everything the stars are wearing in real time.
What is it?: Held annually on the first Monday in May, the glamorous fashion soirée (formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala) aims to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art each year. It's also referred to as the Met Ball and marks the opening of the institute's spring fashion exhibit.
What is this year's theme?: "Camp: Notes on Fashion," curated by Andrew Bolton and based on Susan Sontag's 1994 essay, "Notes on Camp." The exhibit, which examines "how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration are expressed in fashion," will run May 9 - Sept. 8 at the museum. Guests of the gala will dress to impress on the red carpet, wearing outfits that symbolize their best interpretations of "camp."
Will celebrity outfits be on display?: Yes, the exhibit will feature a few, including the famous swan dress Bjork wore to the 2001 Academy Awards (created by Marjan Pejoski) and pieces famed designer Bob Mackie created for Cher's Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace in 2008. Other designers featured include Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Virgil Abloh.
Who are the Co-Chairs?:Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Harry Styles and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.
Who's on the Committee?: Expect to see a lot of famous faces walking the red carpet next Monday. Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed via Instagram earlier this month that she and her husband, Nick Jonas, are on the benefit committee for this year's ball. It's a special event for the lovebirds, as just two years ago, they sparked romance rumors when they walked the red carpet together for the first time.
The Jonas' join a list of 183 people on the committee, including Bradley Cooper, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Jared Leto, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Venus Williams, Cam Newton and Lena Waithe, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Last year's theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, and everyone from Kim Kardashian West to Blake Lively showed up for the outing. See how the stars put their own spin on the theme in the video below!