Here's how much it costs to attend the Met Gala


Welcome to high-fashion Christmas, a national holiday in its own right — We're talking about Met Gala Monday.

Arguably one of the biggest nights of the year for all things art and fashion, May 1 marks this year's Met Gala.

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The event is expected to be as star-studded as ever, with a Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons theme (being referred to as an "Avant-garde" theme for those clueless in the world of designer fashion) that's sure to inspire over-the-top outfits costing thousands upon thousands.

But what many forget about the Met Gala is that its more than just a red carpet wonderland — It's, you know, an actual gala that you can buy actual tickets for.

Take a look at the 2016 Met Gala arrivals:

So, think you can just splurge on a ticket after a few months of saving and land yourself a seat next to Beyonce and the Kardashians?

Think again.

Let's start with ticket price. Have an extra $30,000 lying around? Great, you're in luck!

But if you want to sit with a group of your closest friends who also happen to have a spare $30,000 to blow on a night out, it'll cost you $275,000.

But hey, more than a quarter of a million dollars is so worth it for an unforgettable night, right?

So now you've managed to afford your ticket — but that's only where the expenses begin.

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First, you'll need a top-of-the-line outfit that plays into the year's theme, (Past themes have included "Punk: Chaos to Couture" and"China: Through the Looking Glass") of course.

And whether you're male or female, you better believe you'll have to be groomed in much more than your Sunday best — so let's factor in expenses for your hairstylist, make up artist, aesthetician for things such as nails and waxing and of course, accessories -- Whether it's diamonds for days or cufflinks that stun.

Lastly, you're going to have to figure out how you're getting there and back — and no, a standard yellow cab or Uber isn't going to work for an event of this caliber.

Say hello to a car service which will charge you hourly on top of a base rate for the evening.

When all is said and done, according to Refinery29, we're looking at an estimated total of $62, 215 for what might (actually for that price, better be) end up being the best night of your life.

But wait — there's more, because it's the Met Gala so of course there is.

Even if you manage to collect enough money for a ticket and all the necessary glam expenses that surround it, you're still not guaranteed entry.


Because Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue and the artistic director of Condé Nast who is also the chairwoman of the entire gala says so, that's why.

According to the New York Times:

"Ms. Wintour has final say over every invitation and attendee, which means that even if a company buys a table, it cannot choose everyone who sits at its table: It must clear the guest with her and Vogue."

Translation: You're not getting into this thing anytime soon.

But hey, don't go hanging your Louboutins so fast — miracles can still happen in the world of fashion, right?

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