The first Monday in May traditionally marks one of the biggest events on the fashion calendar: the annual Met Gala.
Held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, each guest to attend the event is handpicked by the editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour.
While this year’s Met Gala was supposed to take place in May, it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it will take place on Monday, September 13.
Whenever the Met Gala takes place, there are certain guidelines that guests are expected to follow if they wish to remain in the good Wintour books.
From an age restriction to a selfie ban, here are five of the unexpected rules that were put in place at the Met Gala:
You’d think that everyone who attends an event as ostentatious as the Met Gala would be forgiven for taking any pictures to capture special moments of the occasion.
However, in 2015, it was reported that the use of social media had been banned at the event, in order to suppress celebrities who spend most of the night on their phones.
“The use of telephones for photographs and social networks will not be allowed within the gala,” said a notice sent to all the guests.
The apparent ban on selfies at the Met Gala didn’t stop reality star Kylie Jenner from taking a great bathroom selfie at the 2017 event.
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Children under 18 are not allowed
In 2018, it was revealed that the Met Gala had enacted a new age restriction.
This meant that high-profile people under the age of 18 were no longer able to attend the event.
“I can’t go because I’m not old enough,” 16-year-old model and dancer Maddie Ziegler told The Hollywood Reporter when asked if he would be present at the coveted Met Gala red carpet.
While the new age restriction was initially suspected to have been introduced due to the 2018 Met Gala theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” a spokesperson for the event confirmed that the decision had been made because “it is not a appropriate event. For people under 18 ”.
Smoking is prohibited inside the museum.
In 2017, celebrities like Bella Hadid, Dakota Johnson, and Marc Jacobs were photographed smoking cigarettes in the bathroom at the Met Gala.
That same year, it was reported that board members and donors to the event had expressed dismay at the guests smoking at the event, with one saying it was “disrespectful to the art collection.”
According Page SixFollowing the complaints, guests at the 2018 Met Gala were informed that it was “illegal to smoke in the museum.”
It was allegedly mentioned in the invitations to the event that smoking at the event was strictly prohibited.
In 2003, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg enforced New York City’s indoor smoking ban in places like office buildings, bars, and theaters.
No onion breath
After the Met Gala red carpet, event guests enjoy a cocktail hour and formal dinner.
According The New York PostCertain foods are deliberately omitted from the menu at the request of Wintour herself.
A former employee of Vogue stated to the publication that parsley is prohibited to avoid the risk of the herb getting stuck in people’s teeth.
No onion or garlic is served at the event, to avoid any outbreak of bad breath, while no bruschetta is offered to guests in case of food spills in quirky sets.
In 2016, model Karlie Kloss had her Met Gala floor-length gown cut into a mini-dress for the after-party after spilling red wine on white fabric.
The strict seating arrangement
Wintour is very particular about where his Met Gala guests sit on the night of the event.
In the 2016 documentary The First Monday in May, which details the degree of planning that is achieved in the event, the director of special projects of VogueSylvana Ward Durrett explained that the seating plan includes a lot of “power brokerage.”
“A lot of thoughts go into who’s sitting next to whom, if they sat together last year, if they sat next to each other at other events, it’s a lot of things, it’s amazing,” explained Ward Durett.
According to Durrett, husbands never sit next to each other.
“The point of these things is to meet new people and be interested in what other people are doing. What’s the point of coming here to hang out with your husband? ” she added.