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Behind the Fashion: What Is the Met Ball, Really? 

Tina FeyI’m sure you’ve heard about it. You’ve heard the comments, “Oh my god, did you see her outfit at the Met Ball this year?” and “Why was he on the red carpet? Does he think he’s famous or something?” 

But what is the Met Ball, really? Is it just a glamorous costume party or is there more to it than that? 

Yeah, sure, it’s the biggest red carpet event for celebrities, besides the Oscars. Held at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, some of the biggest names in Hollywood attend every year and show off their outfits. 

This year, the theme of the Met Ball was “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” so it was only fitting for Katy Perry to show up in a dress that actually lit up and Jessica Alba to sport a ‘naked’ dress. 

The star-studded Gala, held on Monday, May 3, was co-sponsored by The Gap and Vogue, and co-hosted by Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue. Other attendees included Oprah Winfrey, M.I.A., Kate Bosworth, Tina Fey, Emma Watson and Kirsten Dunst.

So, is there anything behind the monstrous fashion madness of the Met Ball? The truth: Not really. 

The Met Ball is pretty much a big party that gives celebs and the biggest names in fashion a chance to get all dressed up and outdo each other. Tickets to the gala usually go for $6,500 a pop and the money raised goes to the Costume Institute at the Met.

The Met Ball has a different theme every year, ranging from Anglomania to superheroes and it is often referred to as “Anna’s party,” as in Anna Wintour of Vogue

Basically, the only thing behind the fashion of the Met Ball is more fashion, but hey, it’s still fun to look at the best and worst dressed the next day!

 

Photos from http://www.flickr.com/photos/syonarazevedo/ 

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Jacalyn Clay is a recent Temple U. grad striving to make a difference in the professional media world. She also wishes she owned a light-up dress. Contact her at jacalynclay@gmail.com or follow her at twitter.com/jacalynclay.