What is the Met Gala?

Rooney Mara's understated take on the 2018 theme

APRooney Mara's understated take on the 2018 theme

The first Monday in May has rolled around again and in the fashion world that means one thing only: the Met Gala is back.

Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, explained his choice for this year's theme in an interview with The New York Times, revealing he had been exploring the idea over the past few years.

In 1972 Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland took over and morphed it into a more celebrity-oriented affair with guests Andy Warhol, Diana Ross and Cher fraternizing with the high society of NY.

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Condé Nast's Anna Wintour will host the event, with help from Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Lady Gaga.

She won the red carpet this year opting for a figure fitting Stella McCartney white dress that bared a wide swath of midriff and gave us a peek at her chest tattoo.

Want a seat? They go for $35,000 a piece.

But this won't be the first year that Met Gala attendees sported looks with a decidedly campy twist. Not only do tickets start at $30,000 with tables going for $300,000, but Empress Wintour, who will most likely be wearing Chanel, has to approve you for the guest list.

There have been a number of celebrities who attended the Met Ball but have fallen out of favour with Wintour for speaking about their experience at the gala dinner. "Destination "Camp", so excited to co-chair Anna's event", Gaga wrote.

The museum's exhibition is based on 'Notes on Camp, ' an essay written in 1964 by American author Susan Sontag. The theme is the basis for the Costume Institute's spring exhibition.

'In the end, the goal of camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts'. The 1960s was one such moment as were the 1980s'.

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