Met Gala brings in record $17.4 million, museum says

Kacey Musgraves attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the exhibit ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’ on Monday, May 2, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

NEW YORK (AP) — All that “golden glamour” has brought real gold. This year’s Met Gala brought in a record $17.4 million, museum officials announced Tuesday.

The annual gala is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s self-funded Costume Institute. The money is used to run the institute and organize successful annual exhibitions like the current “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” which launched at the gala Monday night and opens to the public on May 7. This exhibit is part of a larger two-part exhibit exploring the roots of American fashion.

The gala is traditionally held on the first Monday in May, but due to the pandemic, the 2021 version was held last September. The two galas combined brought in $33.7 million, the institute said.

The theme for Monday’s gala was “golden glamour”.

Monday’s gala brought together around 400 guests – some of the biggest names in fashion, entertainment, sports and more.

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