People with insider knowledge oppose the $50,000 per person cost of attending the Met Gala.

Met Gala Ticket Prices Increase, Some Opt Out

The annual fashion event of the year, the Met Gala, hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, has sent out invites to elite few, but some are opting out due to the increased ticket prices. Sources say that some Metropolitan Museum of Art donors are skipping this year’s event as the ticket price has been raised from $30,000 to $50,000 per person. “These people are already donating so much, to then ask for that amount is a lot”, says one source. On the other hand, the event still has a long waitlist, with 20 people saying they would be willing to attend for every person that opts out.

However, not all designers are happy to follow through with this year’s theme of “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” which is more specific than past Met Gala themes such as “Camp,” “In America,” “Heavenly Bodies,” and “Punk.” Designer brands have their own identity, and Chanel themes are so iconic that it can be challenging to find something fitting. But a source adds that “No one seems that concerned,” and mentions that designers can throw on “something black and white and sparkly,” which is something that Karl would have appreciated.

Missing the Met Gala can have its consequences, and designers who RSVP no run the risk of not being invited back in the future. “If you miss one, you might not be invited back,” says a source. Who will or will not attend fashion’s biggest night is always a source of speculation, with sources previously telling Page Six that Wintour is cracking down on the list this year. While some speculated that the Kardashian family might not make the cut, it’s now clear that Kim Kardashian will be attending the event.

The Met Gala event hosts include Penélope Cruz, Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, and Roger Federer. None of the representatives for Vogue has responded to any requests for comments.

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