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The first Monday night in May means one thing in New York City: the annual fashion extravaganza that is the Met Gala.

Because of the pandemic, it’s actually been less than a year since the last Met Gala was held. But this annual high-stakes fashion soiree is a major money-maker for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute – and it’s always an opportunity for mega-wattage stars and influencers to turn out in style. (Big names usually come for free, but for those who have to pay, tickets are $ 35,000 apiece, and the cost of tables ranges from $ 200,000 to $ 300,000.)


Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe

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Social media personality Fredrik Robertsson

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Tessa Thompson

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Naomi Campbell

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Kendall Jenner

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Janicza Bravo

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Janicza Bravo

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Phillip Lim, Michelle Yeoh, and Prabal Gurung

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Phillip Lim, Michelle Yeoh, and Prabal Gurung

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Blake Lively

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Blake Lively

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Jordan Roth

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Jordan Roth

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Chloe Kim

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Chloe Kim

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Anderson .Paak

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Anderson .Paak

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Influencer Isabelle Boemeke

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Influencer Isabelle Boemeke

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Vanessa Hudgens

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Vanessa Hudgens

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Kaia Gerber

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Kaia Gerber

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Samuelle Leibovitz and Annie Leibovitz

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Samuelle Leibovitz and Annie Leibovitz

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Vanessa Nadal and Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Vanessa Nadal and Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Camila Cabello

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Camila Cabello

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Ashley Park

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Ashley Park

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La Anthony

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La Anthony

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Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling

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This year’s gala hosts are actress Regina King, the omnipresent Lin-Manuel Miranda, actress Blake Lively and her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds. The gala’s honorary chairs are Condé Nast global chief content officer Anna Wintour, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, and fashion designer Tom Ford.

Earlier Monday, First Lady Jill Biden was the Met’s special guest at the press launch of the Costume Institute’s newest show, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which explores the evolution of American fashion from the 19th to late 20th centuries.


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