Don your most specific, over-the-top fashion statements — the 2019 Met Gala is Monday night, and this year’s theme is “camp.”
Held every year on the first Monday in May, fashion’s biggest night is essentially a costume party for A-listers, but it’s also a fundraising gala put on by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Vogue editor-in-chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour will host, joined by her chosen co-chairs: Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, and tennis star Serena Williams.
If you weren’t invited, don’t fret — it’s only the most exclusive party of the year. The gala and exhibition will be sponsored by Condé Nast, and this year, Gucci is also chipping in as well. A single ticket to the gala goes for about $35,000, and tables cost anywhere between $200,000 to $300,000, according to the New York Times.
With a theme like camp, the internet is buzzing with guesses as to what the stars will wear tonight on the red carpet. But what does “camp” actually mean? The phrase was made popular by Susan Sontag’s famous 1964 essay “Notes on Camp,” but in short, “camp” means “a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture,” according to Merriam-Webster. For a more in-depth explanation, you can watch the Met’s video explainer here, and Wintour answering questions about the gala from New Yorkers on the street here.
Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know to watch tonight’s festivities.
What time does it start?
The red carpet kicks off at 5:30 p.m. EST, but the party really gets started around 7 p.m. EST.
How do you live stream the red carpet?
Though not all of the party will be broadcast, the red carpet can be watched via E! News and Vogue. E! News will have a four-hour long broadcast called “Live From the Red Carpet,” which you can watch on TV with cable, or with Hulu Live TV from a laptop or mobile device. Vogue will stream the red carpet live from their Instagram account via the Instagram Live feature, and Vogue staff will be posting updates from inside the party and on the carpet to their Instagram Story. Vogue’s Snapchat story, Twitter and YouTube will also be good places to look.
How can you see the actual Met museum exhibit?
As early as Tuesday at 10 a.m., Met members can check out the exhibit, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It opens to the general public on Thursday.