How Much Does a Ticket to the Met Gala Cost?

Unless you're invited, it ain't cheap.

The Met Gala is one of the most exclusive events on the planet – but for those of us not famous enough to be invited, how much does a ticket cost?

Vogue‘s fundraising event is the place to be if you’re a celebrity. While she’s a regular now, Kim Kardashian has often spoken about her excitement at her first taste of the ball after years of allegedly being banned from attending by the magazine’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

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The Kardashians star first made an appearance at the 2013 event in her infamous floral gown and later admitted, “Kanye was performing so I wasn’t actually invited; I was just Kanye’s plus one. And that was okay with me because I never really dreamed I would be at the Met Ball.”

Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

The event was started by publicist Eleanor Lambert in a bid to raise money for the then-newly founded Costume Institute. Later down the line, it took a change in direction when Diana Vreeland started as a consultant for the Institute, changing the event venue to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and introducing themes.

Nowadays the Gala is overseen by Wintour. She selects the guest list and theme and reportedly approves the designers the guests wear.

The theme allows attendees to elaborately dress up for the occasion, and while most celebrities are either gifted or borrow a designer outfit for the event, paying guests will have to splash out on a dress too.

Here, we take a closer look at the expense behind the event.

How much does a ticket to the Met Gala cost?

When the Gala first began, tickets only cost $50. It was held at a variety of locations, including Central Park and the Rainbow Room.

Since then, it’s grown to become one of the most extravagant events to happen in America.

Various prices have been listed for a Met Gala ticket, but according to the Evening Standard it cost $35,000 for a single ticket in 2019 and $200-300,000 for a table at the event.

Yahoo reportedly paid $3million for two tables at the Met Gala in 2015.

The price of a ticket has increased dramatically since Wintour took over running the event way back in 1995, when tickets were apparently just $1,000 – a drop in the ocean compared to the expense in 2021.

However the high price of a ticket does of course go towards fundraising for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, and in 2018, it raised $13million for the Institute.

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Will the Met Gala take place in 2023?

Yes! The Met Gala was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it made a comeback in September 2021 — though it’s usually held on the first Monday of May every year.

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During 2021 and 2022, the MET had its first two-part exhibition on the theme of American fashion. The first part, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” opened in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on 18 September 2021 and the second part opened on 5 May 2022 with “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at the American Wing.

When is the Met Gala?

The event happens on the first Monday of May, which this year lands on May 1 and will honour the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld.

What is this year’s Met Gala theme?

The MET Gala 2023 theme is dubbed ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’ and will explore his iconic designs throughout his career, which includes include 150 of his creations.

We can expect looks that take inspiration from Lagerfeld’s extensive portfolio of designs from his time as creative director at Chanel, Chloé, Fendi, and Lagerfeld’s fashion house.

Max Hollein, a director at The Met mentioned that this year’s gala will be an immersive exhibition that will unpack Lagerfeld’s stylistic language and celebrate the designer’s passion for innovation.

Who will host the 2023 Met Gala?

Joining Anna Wintour to co-host this year’s event is Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Penelope Cruz and Roger Federer.

Last year’s hosts included Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, while designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Wintour were honorary co-chairs.

How to watch the Met Gala in 2023

The Met Gala continues to be an exclusive event — one of the most exclusive, in fact — but the red carpet event is usually livestreamed on Vogue‘s website.