Met Gala 2023 and 5 Strange Regulations Visitors Must Obey 

Met Gala 2023 returned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023, to coincide with the Costume Institute’s planned exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” When the Met Gala 2023 is held, there are certain rules that guests must follow if they want to stay in Wintour’s good graces. Here are 5 unique regulations Met Gala had. 

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No Selfies

One would think that anyone attending a lavish event like the Met Gala would be forgiven for taking the occasional image to preserve memorable moments of the occasion. However, it was reported in 2015 that social media use had been banned from the event in order to prevent celebrities from spending the majority of the evening on their phones. Numerous guests have violated the apparent ban at the Met Gala in the past, including beauty mogul and reality TV star Kylie Jenner, who took a large bathroom selfie at the event in 2017.

No Minors Under the Age of 18 Are Permitted

It was discovered in 2018 that the Met Gala has imposed a new age restriction. This meant that celebrities under the age of 18 were no longer permitted to attend the event. While it was initially assumed that the new age restriction was introduced in response to the 2018 Met Gala theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” an event spokesperson confirmed that the decision was made because “it’s not an appropriate event for people under 18.”

No Smoking Permitted Inside the Museum

At the 2017 Met Gala, celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Dakota Johnson, and Marc Jacobs were photographed smoking cigarettes in the restroom. The next year, it was reported that board members and contributors were outraged by attendees smoking during the event, with one calling it “disrespectful to the art collection.”

Following the complaints, guests at the 2018 Met Gala were informed that smoking was “illegal in the museum,” according to Page Six. The event’s guests supposedly said that smoking was absolutely prohibited. Then-mayor Michael Bloomberg imposed an indoor smoking ban in New York City in 2003, including office buildings, clubs, and theaters.

No Onion Breath

To avoid foul breath, no onion or garlic are supplied during the event, and no bruschetta is served to attendees in case of food spills on lavish outfits. Following a red wine spill on the white fabric, model Karlie Kloss had her floor-length Met Gala gown cut into a mini dress for the after-party in 2016.

Strict Seating Arrangements

On the night of the Met Gala, Wintour is quite concerned about where her guests sit. The head of special projects at Vogue, Sylvana Ward Durrett, noted that a lot of “power-brokering” goes into the seating layout in the 2016 documentary The First Monday in May, which exposes the degree of organization that goes into the occasion.


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