What Actually Happens Inside The Met Gala?

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The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. It kicks off the grand opening of the Costume Institute's annual exhibit. This year, the exhibit will honor Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons. The May 1 red carpet for the event is sure to be star-studded — but what actually happens inside The Met Gala?

As it turns out, not even The New York Times knows much. "What happens when guests get inside? It’s a secret!," writes Vanessa Friedman in a 2016 article about the event. That kind of speculation is seen across the board, as media inside the event is highly regulated. In the age of social media, you would think we could just pop over to say, Kylie Jenner's Instagram, and see what was happening inside. But according to The New York Times, guests have been forbidden to post on social media after the red carpet portion of the event since 2015.

The documentary The First Monday in May also gives us some information on what occurs, but not much beyond the rules established by formidable host Anna Wintour. The film follows the creation of the 2015 gala and exhibition, themed "China: Through The Looking Glass." The doc claims that inside the Met Gala, Anna Wintour bans parsley (it can get stuck in your teeth), bruschetta (it can fall on your dress), and, yes, dislikes when people are on their cell phones.

One former Vogue employee offered Bustle a bit more insight on what happens on the other side of the staircase.

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"The 'behind the scenes' is always really fun at the Met," says Christine, a former Vogue staffer. A tremendous amount of work goes into the production and execution of the event and the night always seemed to go smoothly, impressive, to say the least. The decor is mouth dropping, the high energy is palpable and the performances always have every guest up from their tables and dancing!"

That's right: After the red carpet, everyone sits down to dinner and drinks and is treated to some seriously bomb live performances. In 2015, Rihanna performed for the crowd. In 2016, The Weeknd and Nas performed to guests gathered on a dance floor.

Overall, it seems like a pretty glamorous, star-studded, and highly fashionable event. And, despite it's exclusivity, it also seems (dare we say it?) kind of fun. For those of us without an invitation, you can tune in to “Live From The Red Carpet: The 2017 Met Gala,” at 7:30 p.m. ET on E!