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Last night 2 MAY 2016 the biggest names in Hollywood had walked on the red carpet at this year’s annual Met Gala this year theme at Met Ball had a futuristic focus to inaugurate the new exhibition, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. It saw its starry guests make a typically glamorous return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s red carpet, with most choosing outfits in keeping with the fashion and technology theme and metallics galore  see what the stars wore to the Met Gala 2016 below pictures.

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. Each year the event also has honorary celebrity event day chairpersons.

History of the event

The Costume Institute Gala is a major fundraising benefit that serves as an opening celebration for the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The Gala is widely regarded as one of the most exclusive social events in New York and one of the biggest fundraising nights in the city with nine million dollars raised in 2013 and a record of $12 million the following year The affair, attended by personalities from the arts, fashion, high-society, film and music, has been held at the Met since 1946 and is considered to be the fashion industry’s premier annual red carpet event.

Managed by the A- List by Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief

Since 1995 the event oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list, with Vogue staffers helping assemble the list of invitees.

So clients know what designers they are wearing, probably by fashion week in February. They don’t know the look, but they know who they are going with then or even earlier.” It is also a given that a celebrity face of a design house will wear the label to the Met Gala.

Creations. “The Met Gala is one of the few events that the majority of items are custom,” explains Manny. “So the designers always have a theme in mind, so dependant on the relationship you have with brand you can really direct how you want it to look or the style you’re going with.

The Met Gala is one of the trickiest red carpets to dress for.

Because unlike the Oscars or the Golden Globes where the stars walk across a flat surface, here they have to hike up the seemingly endless steps.

“Photographers literally get heat exhaustion because they are working so hard trying to take pictures of all the A-listers”

When stars finally make it onto the red carpet, they have to stay focused when it comes to making sure their dress gets seen. “That red carpet is daunting, it goes on and on,” Manny explains. “It’s the one event you when you really need to peacock and try and get as much camera time as possible. You are better off at the beginning because you get early exposure, Red carpet photographer, Andrew Walker, who has captured the last five years of Met Galas says in reality it is tricky to photograph every single look. “You get zero time with each celebrity,” he explains. “They have to keep going. There are people right behind them, and it’s impossible to linger. I have shot the Oscars and the Met Gala – and the Met Gala makes the Oscars look like kids play. The sheer number of A Listers with great fashion there is nothing like it – people literally get heat exhaustion because they are working so hard trying to take pictures of them all.”

What happen when you are in  reserve list to attend

Although most dresses are organised months and months in advance, if you are on the reserve list to attend you can be left with just one day to pull a look together. “There is also a reserve list so if anyone pulls out you’ll get confirmation on Sunday, and then you have to get ready on Monday and scramble to find something to wear,” reveals Manny. Talk about stressful!

NICOLE KIDMAN In Alexander McQueen

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BEYONCÉ In Givenchy.

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JOURDAN DUNN In Balmain.

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KATE UPTON In Topshop.

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