We already know Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Alessandro Michele and Serena Williams will serve as co-chairs this year to Anna Wintour at the Met Gala on May 6. Today, in a rare interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wintour has divulged some of the other big names attending including the power couples: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
Tom Ford, Donatella Versace, Miuccia Prada, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli and Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller are among the fashion contingent but interestingly, of the 183 attendees, 48% are actors. “While the committee isn’t reflective of the Met Gala guest list, it’s certainly true that of late there has been a stronger presence of Hollywood names on it,” Wintour told THR. “Obviously it helps that well-known names draw attention to not only the gala but also to the exhibition and to the museum; for all the starriness of the names on that one night, we never lose sight of the fact that the aim of the gala is to raise funds for the Costume Institute, so we can support its place in the cultural life of New York City and beyond.”
Cher is also rumoured to be attending as is writer and producer Ryan Murphy who directed camp-friendly television series’ Pose and Feud.
This year’s exhibit is based on author Susan Sontag’s 1984 essay “Notes On Camp” – she is said to have coined the term into the mainstream all those years ago. “Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers,” Sontag wrote at the time.
“[Alessandro] lives his everyday life with the same brilliant and vivid flourishes with which he designs; Lady Gaga imbues each and every gesture and look with a knowing fabulousness; and Baz Luhrmann, who is a constant special advisor to the evening, has given us so many classic moments of cinematic camp, from Strictly Ballroom to Romeo and Juliet to Moulin Rouge,” said Wintour.
“Yet the person I’d most like to single out for giving me my favourite campy pop-cultural moments is Karl Lagerfeld,” she continued. “Some of his Chanel shows were master classes of the genre, from a supermarket full of [Chanel]-branded products to a spaceship taking off from the Grand Palais, complete with Cape Canaveral-style countdown. Karl brought absolute seriousness to humour, and absolute humour to seriousness, and that’s as good a definition of camp as any.”
Tickets to this year’s event were reportedly priced at US $35,000 (AUD $48,000), while tables — which design houses often buy out — are priced at $200,000 and $300,000.
Like she does every year, it is predicted Wintour will wear an understated number by Lagerfeld on May 6.
More to come.