That Anna Wintour, always keeping us on our toes. According to Page Six, the Conde Nast artistic director’s latest overhaul doesn’t have to do with any magazines she’s strategically guiding; but rather, it’s about the annual Met Gala—and she’s raising the ticket prices big time.
Word on the street is that the power player and her organizing committee want to make the celeb-filled ball even more exclusive (possibly to minimize this sort of riff-raff), by getting rid of the “cheap” seats. A source told Page Six:
There will be one ticket price of $25,000 (last year there were $15,000 + $25,000 tickets) for the 2014 gala celebrating both the reopening of the Costume Institute and the Charles James exhibition.
Ouch, if you do the math, that’s a 66.667% price increase. Of course, the ticket does come with the opportunity to mingle with hosts Aerin Lauder, Oscar de la Renta, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bradley Cooper this coming May. (Provided Ms. Wintour approves their attendance, of course.)
Another source adds:
Increasing the ticket price will make the Met Gala even more high-fashion, even more exclusive and even more aspirational.
No word on how last year’s disgruntled guest Gwyneth Paltrow feels about this price point increase. If you recall, after the glamorous event last year, she complained, “I’m never going again. It was so un-fun. It was boiling. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all.” (But then she may have just pre-gamed a little too hard beforehand.) So maybe 2014 will be the perfect excuse to sit this one out and donate directly to charity. Or buy a Birkin or something.