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A Complete Guide to The 2017 Met Gala

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Musician Taylor Swift attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology", the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Musician Taylor Swift attends “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”, the 2016 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

The Costume Institute Benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art — better known as the Met Gala — arrives to New York City with all the fanfare befitting one of fashion’s most important annual events.

Drawing a who’s who of celebrities wearing a who’s who of designers, this year’s event honors Rei Kawakuba, the founder and designer of Commes des Garçons.

Here’s a breakdown from Harper’s Bazaar of everything you need to know about the highly anticipated event as it happens.

Theme + Co-Chairs

Co-chaired by Vogue publisher Anna Wintour, Katy Perry and Pharrel Williams, this year’s theme is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” which celebrates the work of the acclaimed designer. But it’s a particularly special occasion: Harper’s Bazaar notes that this marks only the second time that the Met has honored a living designer this way; the only other time being Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.

 

Guest List + How to Get In

As for the guest list? It’s flooded with A-list celebrities. Last year, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Blake Lively took center stage on the red carpet. Those who really wanted to catch a glimpse of fashion’s elite in person, had to shell out $30,000 a ticket. Don’t expect to take any selfies while you’re there, though — last year’s controversial ban on the pics is remaining in place for 2017. 
Read the full breakdown from Harper’s Bazaar here.

Read the full breakdown of the Met Gala from Harper’s Bazaar here.

—RealClearLife