Why is it called the party of the year?
Ms. Wintour, the editor of American Vogue and the artistic director of Condé Nast, took over as chairwoman of the gala in 1999. Since then, she has been instrumental in transforming a local philanthropic event into the ultimate global celebrity/power cocktail: Take a jigger of famous names from fashion, add film, politics and business, and mix.
Officially, it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a. the fashion department),
the only one of the Met’s curatorial departments that has to fund itself.
From Rihanna to Cara Delevingne, Blake Lively to Gisele Bündchen, see all of the outfits straight from the red carpet, below. And for you which is the best one?
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