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$30,000 Tickets, an Age Limit and a No Selfie Rule: 16 Surprising Met Gala Secrets Revealed

Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Met Gala 2015

It's the Super Bowl of style. It's the Oscars of fashion. It's the Met Gala.

Now that it's finally May, the countdown to the 2019 Met Gala is officially on, with the May 6 fete set to gift us mere mortals with the most glamorous and exclusive event of the year. Just how historic is the affair, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York? The museum is only closed four days out of the year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and the first Monday in May.

Though the first Met Gala was held in 1948, it truly didn't become the luxe event its known for today until Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour took over as the gala's chair in 1995. Ever since, it has become one of the most important (and charitable) red carpets—if not the most important—of the year, with hundreds of people working year-round to stage the event, which brings together the biggest names in fashion, acting, music, sports and politics for an unforgettable night not meant to be shared on social media.

2019's theme is "Camp: Notes on Fashion," with superstars Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams all serving as co-chairs, along with Gucci creative director's Alessandro Michele. Meanwhile, the 183-member committee features major Hollywood power players like Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Kerry Washingtonwith Nnamdi Asomugha, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Jared Leto, Katy Perry, and Lena Waithe.

If you thought that list of names was impressive, just wait until you hear about the meticulous level of planning that goes into the star-studded event, including months spent just on the seating chart alone.

We've compiled all of the juiciest behind-the-scenes morsels of information about the secretive affair we could find, including intel from Wintour and Sylvana Ward Durrett, Vogue's director of special projects who has planned the Met Gala for over a decade.
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