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MET gala 2024: “Garden of Time”

Ariana Grande Graces the Red Carpet
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Ariana Grande Graces the Red Carpet

The Met Gala, sponsored by TikTok and fashion label Loewe, is an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the MET, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Met Gala usually takes place on the first Monday in May due to the floral backdrops of fashion. According to Vogue magazine, “The Met Gala, also known as The Benefit, occurs annually on the first Monday in May to coincide with the opening of the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition.” The Gala is mainly held in May to coincide with the unveiling of the museum’s fashion exhibition, attracting numerous celebrities wearing renowned brands and designers for promotion.

Each year, the Gala adopts a distinct theme, encouraging attendees to interpret and embody it through their sartorial choices, sparking discussions about identity, history, and contemporary issues. This year’s bold theme is titled “Garden of Time.” Beyond its glamour and luxury, the Met Gala holds a deeper significance as a nexus of art, fashion, and philanthropy, fostering collaborations between creatives and supporting the preservation and promotion of the arts. Additionally, with TikTok’s recent sponsorship, the Gala has embraced digital engagement, inviting a global audience to engage in the excitement through live streams, behind-the-scenes peeks, and interactive challenges, further solidifying its position as a cultural phenomenon with widespread influence.

The Met Gala 2024, themed “Garden of Time,” was a mesmerizing spectacle that guided various guests, celebrities, and audiences into a place where past, present, and future intertwined through fashion. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2024, the event showcased numerous stunning outfits worn by celebrities who creatively interpreted the concept of temporal gardens. For instance, Zendaya, a world-famous American actress and singer, presented two looks that epitomized the MET’s theme. Notable highlights included Zendaya’s gown adorned with timepiece motifs symbolizing the passage of time. The evening was further enhanced by a captivating performance from the multiple award-winning K-pop band, Stray Kids, headlined with sponsor Tommy Hilfiger.

Stray Kids MET Gala 2024 (Kevin Mazur/MG24/Getty Images)

The Gala successfully raised millions for the Costume Institute, reaffirming its importance as a pivotal fundraiser for the museum and as a beacon of cultural and artistic significance. Esteemed designer brands such as Gucci, Balenciaga, and Chanel collaborated with celebrities to create memorable looks. Tyla captivated the crowd with her sand ensemble, embodying the essence of “time” through an hourglass symbol. Gigi Hadid stunned in an elegant flowing white dress adorned with yellow flowers and black-lined embroidery from Thom Browne and Chopard. Following the Gala, the celebration continued at an exclusive after-party hosted by Carlos Nazario, Emily Ratajkowski, Francesco Risso, Paloma Elsesser, Raul Lopez, and Renell Medra. The after-party, held at an iconic New York rooftop venue, featured immersive installations, live DJ sets, and themed cocktails, allowing guests to revel in the night’s magic while celebrating the fusion of art, fashion, and innovation.

In summary, with the Met Gala’s “Garden of Time” theme, the event once again proved to be a seminal occasion at the intersection of art, fashion, and philanthropy. The evening witnessed an extraordinary convergence of celebrities, designers, and brands who pushed creative boundaries to interpret a beautiful theme through their stunning choices. Highlights included Zendaya’s timepiece-adorned ensembles, Stray Kids’ blend of modern and natural fashion, and fashion model Gigi Hadid with her embellished gown. Through its glamorous yet traditional festivities, the Met Gala successfully raised significant funds for the Costume Institute, solidifying its crucial role in preserving and promoting the arts for the MET, while expanding its cultural influence through digital engagement and global participation.

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