Is Met Gala Free? Here’s How Much Money Some People Pay To Attend The Fashion Show

Being invited to the Met Gala means you’re rubbing shoulders with countless A-list celebrities, but do they have to pay to attend the event?

There are few yearly spectacles of glamour and prestige that can hold a candle to the Met Gala. Held at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the annual spring event serves to raise money and unveil new exhibitions within the museum’s Costume Institute.

Some of the best-known and most stylish A-listers turn out for the event, which is why it’s affectionately become known as “fashion’s biggest night out.” Getting an invite (or not getting an invite) can be very telling about where a star stands in the world of fashion — or at least in the eyes of Anna Wintour.

While the event is technically a fundraiser, many have wondered if celebrities actually pay to attend the Met Gala. And if not, how do they get an invite for free?

Rihanna and Asap Rocky attending the 2023 Met Gala
Rihanna and Asap Rocky attending the 2023 Met Gala

To go to the Met Gala for free, you have to be chosen by a designer who has a table.

The only way to attend the Met Gala for free is to be chosen by a designer who has a table and whose work will be featured at the event. If you’re selected, then you’ll be dressed by that designer in an outfit that they feel matches the theme — and wearing their design is your ticket in.

The cost of a table at the Met Gala is between $200,000 to $300,000, according to The Evening Standard, meaning a designer will purchase at least one table for that amount and then fill it with celebrities and influencers who they have dressed.

The Kardashians at Met Gala 2023: Kendall Jenner (L), Kim Kardashian (Center), and Kylie Jenner (Right)
The Kardashians at Met Gala 2023: Kendall Jenner (L), Kim Kardashian (Center), and Kylie Jenner (Right)

How much does it cost to go to the Met Gala if you’re not invited?

If you’re determined to get a seat at a table at any Met Gala event, expect to shell out some serious cash. If you don’t have an invite from a designer, you can reportedly expect to pay around $50,000 for a ticket (up from the previous price of $30,000, per the New York Post) — and even then, it’s really hard to secure a spot if you weren’t on the original guest list.

According to StyleCaster, the committee for the Met Gala makes a list of names of public figures they believe should be invited. The committee then distributes that list to the various designers who have already purchased tables for the event, suggesting that they dress the celebrities on the list.

Really, it seems that without someone to dress you, it’s impossibly hard to get an invite.

janelle monae met gala 2023
Janelle Monae met gala 2023

Who is invited to the 2023 Met Gala?

Anna Wintour, who has run the event since 1995, was joined for the 2023 iteration by co-chairs Penélope Cruz, Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, and Roger Federer. La La Anthony, Derek Blasberg, Chloe Fineman, and Emma Chamberlain were been tapped to co-host the 2023 Met Gala, titled “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.”

So, who attended the Met Gala 2023? While many celebs don’t confirm their attendance until the big night, certain A-listers turn up year after year. Paris Hilton, Priyanka Chopra, Rita Ora, Elle Fanning, Florence Pugh, Janelle Monáe, and Amanda Seyfried all attended, with more celebrities sharing information about their attendance (or omission) via social media.

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