Jennifer Garner opened up about her unique Met Gala experience and why she hasn't been back since.
Recently, the actress appeared in an episode of Voguebeauty secrets, where she admitted that she only attended the Met Gala “exactly once” in 2007. “I thought it was a little scary, so I didn't go back,” she said while doing her makeup routine.
However, she remained excited about the dress she wore to that year's event, which was themed Poiret: King of Fashion. “I wore a magical red Valentino dress that night and was her date. It was really majestic and special,” Garner said of her presence alongside designer Valentino Garavani.
The Met Gala is the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. As a result, the price to attend the event can cost up to $50,000 per person.
The actress isn't the only person who made negative comments about the fashion event. Demi Lovato attended the “first and probably last” Met Gala in 2016, where they were photographed on an awkward date with Jeremy Scott and Nicki Minaj. Lovato later shared the image on Instagramhashtagging #notforme.
In 2018, the pop star opened up even more about her experience at the gala. “This celebrity was a complete bitch and a shame to be around,” said Lovato billboard. “It was very cliché. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink.”
Lovato, who has been sober for several years, added that they went straight from the Met Gala to an AA meeting. “I changed my clothes, but I still had my diamonds on — millions of dollars worth of diamonds from an AA meeting,” she said. “And I identified more with the homeless people at that meeting who struggled with the same struggles I did than I did with the people at the Met Gala — pretending and sucking the fashion industry's dick.”
Tina Fey is another celebrity who only went once in 2010 and decided never to return. Talking about her experience at the Met Gala with David Letterman in 2015, the comedian said, “I’ve been there once and it’s a stupid parade.”
“Clearly, I'll never go again, but you go and it's a beautiful space and all the idiots from all walks of life are there wearing something stupid. You climb these huge steps… and I went and dragged my husband with me too, and I'm still in trouble.
Last month, Vogue announced the theme of the Met Gala 2024, which will be “Sleeping Beauties: Awakening Fashion”.
According to Vogue, the exhibition will center on 50 historically significant pieces, some of which are too fragile to be used again. These are the “Sleeping Beauties”.
Nearly 250 items will also be drawn from the Costume Institute's permanent collection, featuring designs by Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Givenchy, spanning 400 years of fashion history.
“This groundbreaking exhibition will push the limits of our imagination and invite us to experience many facets of a work, learn more about its history and, ultimately, gain a deeper appreciation of its beauty,” said Max Hollein , Marina do Met. Kellen French director and CEO.
One of the most fragile pieces in the collection includes an Elizabethan bodice and an 1877 silk satin ball gown by American couturier Charles Frederick Worth. In fact, these items served as the original inspiration for the theme. Although they are too old to fulfill their original function, the satin corset and ball gown will be present throughout the exhibition through display technology.