Met Gala 2024: Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez and more stars arrive

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NEW YORK (AP) — It is Met Gala time The celebrity fashion parade included a swirl of flora and fauna on a green-hued carpet surrounded by foliage. Jennifer Lopez wore silver leaf in a second-skin goddess dress and Zendaya was all vamp and fantasy.

They are both co-chairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser. They both received cheers from the crowd of fashionistas gathered behind the barricades outside.

Flowers were everywhere, in keeping with this year’s theme: “The Garden of Time.” Lopez (in Schiaparelli) was absolutely radiant in a nearly nude dress that hugged like a second skin. She’s got a Meta Gala: it’s her fourteenth. Zendaya wore her modern face in blue and green tones, with a headpiece that matched the leaf accents.

It’s been five years since Zendaya last attended the Met Gala. Her look in peacock colors was designed by Margiela. Lopez wore Tiffany & Co. diamonds, including a stunning bird-shaped necklace with a more than 20-carat diamond at its center.

Lopez (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Jennifer Lopez attends a benefit gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art "Sleeping Beauty: Awakening Fashion" Exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024 in New York.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Colman Domingo wore an ivory jacket with a cape, carrying a bouquet of white calla lilies, while Tayla chose a dress made to look like sand. She needed help with the hourglass she was carrying as she made her way up the museum stairs.

Sam Smith wore silver and gold metallic roses tucked into the center of a jacket, and Jack Harlow also channeled the flowers, but subtly with a silver and pearl floral boutonniere.

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Anna Wintour, the mastermind of the party, wore a black coat decorated with multi-colored flowers. Her fellow co-chair Bad Bunny wore all black. A pregnant Lea Michele wore a Rodarte dress, inspired by the brand’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

“I’m honored to be here and bring my baby with me,” Michelle said. “I don’t think I’m allowed an extra one, but I’ll get one,” she said with a laugh. “I’m so grateful. I feel really beautiful, you know, in this pregnancy.”

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Gwendoline Christie attends a benefit gala for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art "Sleeping Beauty: Awakening Fashion" Exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024 in New York.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Gwendoline Christie (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Anna Wintour attends a benefit gala for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art "Sleeping Beauty: Awakening Fashion" Exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024 in New York.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Wintour (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Bad Bunny attends a benefit gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute to celebrate the opening "Sleeping Beauty: Awakening Fashion" Exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2024 in New York.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Bad Bunny (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

This is difficult. Vogue has an exclusive live broadcast, which begins at 6 p.m. ET Vogue.com. The broadcast will also be available on Vogue’s digital platforms, including TikTok and YouTube.

There will be plenty of other media on site as well. Watch the event on E!, also starting at 6 p.m., with live streaming on X, TikTok, Instagram and Peacock.

The Associated Press will broadcast live outside the Mark Hotel, where several celebrities prepare before heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to ascend the grand staircase. The live stream will begin at 4:45 PM ET and will be available on Youtube And APNews.com.

Only the event’s stacked red carpet can be seen – the ceremony’s cocktail hour and dinner are popular private events.

What is it?

What is the purpose of the MET GALA?

It’s a party, sure, with cocktails and dinner for about 400 invited guests, but it’s also a huge fundraiser for the Met’s Costume Institute, the only department of the museum required to pay for itself. Last year, the gala raised about $22 million. wintour, A Met trustee for whom part of the institute has been renamed is organizing the whole shebang. No phones are allowed, which adds to the attraction.

What is the theme of this year’s MET GALA?

There is a dress code each year associated with the museum’s spring exhibition. Some, but not all, guests come forward at Wintour’s request. This year’s theme is inspired by J. J. Ballard’s 1962 short story of the same name. It’s a squishy fashion question considering how specific last year’s theme was: All about Karl Lagerfeld.

What museum is displaying this year?

it’s called “Sleeping Beauties: Awakening Fashion.” But we’re not talking about fairy tales or Disney princesses. It includes 250 items from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection, including some garments that are rarely seen in public and are so fragile that they need to be placed under glass. The curators wanted to do just that Engage all sensesIncluding the smell. They worked with a “scent artist.” A dress is already growing. Part of the idea is to pay tribute to the natural world. The exhibition opens its doors to the public on Friday and continues until September 2.

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