Vogue’s Met Gala, formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala, is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year, where the elite grace the red carpet with some of the most extravagant and glamorous ensembles every first Monday in May. The exclusivity of the evening also comes with very strict rules, to keep up with Vogue Editor In Chief Anna Wintour’s sense of order. But, this year, there are new rules that your favorite stars must abide by, according to the New York Post.
Taking selfies and cell phone usage is forbidden this year for fear of photos being prematurely posted on social media, as it makes party-goers less social. Former Met Ball planner Sylvana Durrett said, “Anna is sort of an old-school traditionalist. She likes a dinner party where people are actually speaking to each other.”
No one under 18 years old is allowed to attend the gala. In the past, young stars such as Willow and Jaden Smith showed up to the event, however, party planners told the Hollywood Reporter that “it was not an appropriate event for people under 18” and minors are will no longer be admitted.
No smoking, whatsoever, is allowed at the venue. After celebs like Marc Jacobs and Bella were found to be smoking cigarettes in the bathroom at 2017’s event, it sparked outrage among museum board members. At the time, a donor told Page Six, “Mostly, it’s disrespectful to the art collection, which needs to be kept 100% smoke-free. I would honestly like to see these people fined by the city.” Now, invitations to the gala specify that no smoking is allowed.
Everyone has to interact with each other, whether they’re single or not. Anna Wintour reportedly frowns on celebs bringing their spouses, and if they do, she seats them far apart from one another, to encourage mingling. In a documentary about the gala, it said, “The whole point of these things is to meet new people and to be interested in what others are doing. What’s the point if you come here to hang out with your husband?”
The food has to be visually pleasing and not anything that could take away from a guest’s look. For example, parsley. It could get stuck in someone’s teeth. Bruschetta is messy and could stain expensive clothes. And if the gala is all about mingling, no one wants to have onion or garlic breath. So those things are not allowed in the catered dishes.
Another rule that is not necessarily new but still stands true: Do not decline an invitation and expect another one…ever again. The only exception is “triple-A list” celebrities.
Lastly, and possibly most shockingly, publicists are not allowed. That leaves celebs to have to manage press, photo ops and possible wardrobe malfunctions by themselves. Welp!