1. Donate Money to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Since the lavish event also doubles as a fundraiser for the MET’s Costume Institute, it only makes sense that Vogue would extend invitations to their most generous donors. Gala co-chairs, philanthropists, celebrities and companies usually offer financial support.
2. Request to Purchase Your Own Ticket
As it turns out, the VIP event isn’t always invite-only. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Kate Upton was so determined to attend the gala in 2012 that she wrote Anna Wintour a check for $25,000, earning her a spot on the list. As you know, the price tag has doubled since then. And given how this event has evolved, we can’t say we’re too surprised.
3. Become a Social Media Star
OK, this is easier said than done. But if you’re fortunate enough to go viral on social media, then you might follow in the footsteps of TikTok stars Addison Rae and Dixie D’Amelio, who both received invites to last year’s Met Gala.
4. Befriend a Celebrity
Or, in other words, date someone who’s famous or influential. Countless plus-ones have been fortunate enough to tag along with guests to previous Met Galas. So, if you’re lucky enough to win the heart of an A-lister, your chances of getting invited will increase.
5. Work for Vogue Magazine
Getting your byline printed in an issue of Vogue isn't the only perk that comes with working for the popular magazine. As it turns out, some staff members can also attend the gala—especially if it’s connected to work.
6. Or Work as a Celebrity Publicist
You may have noticed a familiar pattern when it comes to the Met Gala red carpet: The star’s team is always in tow. On occasion, you’ll notice one person (or a few people) trailing behind them to quickly adjust their outfits for photo ops.
7. Become a Waiter
OK, so it doesn’t technically count as an “invite.” But even if you work behind the scenes, you can still be in the same room as your favorite celebrities.
In an interview with Insider, Mike Hartman, a former Met Gala worker, talked about his experience serving celebrities and high-profile guests. He said, “We all individually had to hand-serve each item from the menu onto the plates of the guests, along with the sauces, all with one hand over the back of a throne chair with guests wearing custom-made, highly expensive, one-of-a-kind garments. And here we are, serving them French service!"
Still, it turned out to be a great experience. He added, “They all were just talking, networking, and enjoying each other's company.”
8. Sponsor the Met Gala
Corporate sponsors are a huge part of what makes the Met Gala possible. In fact, Prada, Gucci, Condé Nast, Apple, Amazon and Instagram are some of the major brands that have sponsored in the past.
9. Co-Chair the Gala
In case you’re curious, co-chairs play a big role in helping the Met Gala come to life. Not only are they responsible for creating the atmosphere, but they also contribute to the guest list and collaborate with chefs to create the menu. Naturally, Anna Wintour works alongside the group as permanent co-chair and gives her final approval.
This year, Wintour is joined by Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, Roger Federer and Dua Lipa.
10. Perform at the Met Gala
If a singer is selected to perform, they automatically receive an invite. Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Bieber are just a few artists who have performed at previous galas.