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Everything We Know About The 2024 Met Gala Theme And Dress Code

Consider this your A-Z on the biggest event in the fashion calendar.
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It wouldn’t be the Met Gala without a fittingly extravagant dress code.

And now we know what to expect from the 2024 iteration, with the theme for the fashion fundraiser event revealed to be ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.’

With a few months until celebrities and designers take to the Met steps to showcase their interpretations of this trope, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about what promises to be a fashionable spectacle to remember.

Keep scrolling for everything we know about the 2024 Met Gala so far.

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Rihanna at the 2023 Met Gala. (Credit: Getty)

What Does The 2024 Met Gala Theme Mean?

You’d be forgiven for interpreting ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’ as an ode to Disney’s sleepiest princess. But the theme is actually designed to showcase historical designs in new ways.

The accompanying exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is set to feature approximately 250 items from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection, several of which have rarely been seen before.

According to Vogue, the exhibit will span over 400 years of fashion, with highlights including Christian Dior gowns from autumn/winter 1949 and a 17th-century Charles Frederick Worth ball gown.

Max Hollein, The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and CEO, said: “This innovative show will push the boundaries of our imagination and invite us to experience many facets of a work, to learn more about its history, and, ultimately, to gain a deeper appreciation of its beauty.” 

So, just as many of the attendees at this year’s event pulled from the Chanel archives in line with the theme, ‘Karl Llagerfeld’, we expect there will be even more historical gowns ascending the Met steps in 2024.

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Dua Lipa at the 2023 Met Gala. (Credit: Getty)

What Is The 2024 Met Gala Dress Code?

Vogue has announced that the Met Gala dress code for 2024 will be “The Garden of Time.”

This theme is inspired by the J.G. Ballard’s 1962 short story of the same name, which follows count and countess living “in their utopia of leisure, art, and beauty” until an approaching mob forces the count to “pluck a time-reversing flower from his garden until there are none left.” 

The publication notes that the dress code is really about “fleeting beauty.” Vogue believes that the story may inspire “melancholic florals” and outfits relating to music and time.

When Is The Met Gala 2024?

As always, the Met Gala will take place on the first Monday in May. In 2024, this falls on May 6.

Who Is Hosting The Met Gala 2024?

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Chris Hemsworth will be a co-chair this year. (Credit: Getty)

The chairs of the 2024 Met Gala will be Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny and our own Australian, Chris Hemsworth. It will be Hemsworth’s first Met Gala.

Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson and TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will act as honorary chairs.

In 2023, Dua Lipa, Penelope Cruz, Roger Federer, Michaela Cole and, of course, Anna Wintour co-chaired the event, while in 2022, we saw Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Regina King host.

Who Is Invited To The Met Gala 2024?

For an event of this kind, tickets are notoriously exclusive. 

In short, to secure a ticket to the Met Gala, you’ll need to fork out a donation of US$50,000 (approx. AU$75,000) as well as be approved by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. We won’t know exactly who has made the cut until May 6 rolls around.

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