A Met Gala History Lesson As GIF’d by André Leon Talley

Tonight is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit, aka the Met Gala, aka Anna Wintour’s Cool-Kid-Only Prom.

…Still lost? Avoid being shafted to sip fat-free fruit punch in the nerd’s section of the ball with a history lesson from former editor-at-large of Vogue and Wintour’s BFF, André Leon Talley.

The Met Gala is a fundraising event to kick-off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fashion exhibit that first began in 1946, and is currently spearheaded by the editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour.

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Wintour, our patron saint of the power bobhas groomed the Gala into a money-making machine earning over $145 million for the Costume Institute since being handed its creative reigns in 1999. Single tickets are priced at $25,000 a pop while the bargain rate for a table of ten is listed at $175,000. 

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Unfortunately, you will not find tickets to the Met Gala listed anywhere on Groupon. Exclusive invitations are only sent to the top 700 fashion heads and celebutants of the year that are branded with the coveted stamp of Wintour approval.

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This year’s guest list includes Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and most surprisingly, Beyonce and Jay-Z despite last year’s infamous elevator display of sibling rivalry

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Models Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin donned kimonos in Instagram pics from the Pre-Met Gala Pajama Party to commemorate this year’s installation and the Gala’s theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

#VoguePjParty bout to eat some dim sum ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Enjoy these fashion festivity selfies because they will be the only ones in existence, as Ms. Wintour has banned all attendants from social media-ing inside the event this year.

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However, you will be able to witness the makings of this years’ Met Gala in a documentary directed by Andrew Rossi, the filmmaker behind acclaimed documentaries including Ivory Tower and Page One: Inside the New York Times. The president of Relativity Studios, the production company in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment and Vogue for the film, described,

This will be an extraordinary opportunity for a global audience to see what goes on before and after guests walk the red carpet, including the months of preparation for the exhibition and storied gala, culminating in the big opening night.

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Silas Chou, a billionaire and early investor in Michael Kors, is the honorary host of this year’s event, while Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour will serve as co-chairs.

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Ours are too, Mr. Talley. Browse the best-dressed gallery from last year’s affair to satisfy your immediate aesthetic needs: 

And check back on Celebuzz for full red carpet coverage of the 2015 Met Gala beginning tonight, May 4, 2015, at 7 PM EST.

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