In what is surely one of the industry's biggest scheduling conflicts ever, this year's Met Gala in New York is set to take place on May 4, the same day as Chanel's cruise 2015 show in Seoul. Typically, each event would draw many of the same industry figures, who this year have a difficult choice to make. An official list of hosts, sent to us by a trustworthy source and authenticated by Vogue, indicates who chose the Met Gala.
A list of over 100 VIPs, from designers like Tory Burch and Oscar de la Renta's Peter Copping, to celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is printed on the event's official invitation, adding to the event's draw and enticing New Yorkers with deep pockets to buy tickets (which reportedly cost upwards of $25,000) to the Costume Institute fundraiser. One name that surprised us: Karl Lagerfeld. Because shouldn't he be at his own runway show? Cara Delevingne, who has closed many of Chanel's shows in recent seasons, is also on the list.
It makes sense that Chanel would want to have a presence at the Met Gala given its relationship to both the museum and host Anna Wintour — not to mention all the press attention the event gets. Of course it's possible that Lagerfeld will only be a host in name, and not actually present at the event. A Chanel spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Read on for all the VIPs listed, as well as a scan of the list itself. (Note: It does not include the event's previously announced official chairs: Silas Chou, Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch and Anna Wintour.) The event precludes the opening of a new Costume Institute exhibit, “China: Through the Looking Glass.”
Celebrities: Seth Meyers, James Corden, Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Colin Firth, Livia Firth, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Spike Jonze, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Baz Luhrmann, Sienna Miller, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Marcus Mumford, Rita Ora, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Katy Perry, Eddie Redmayne, Rihanna, Amanda Seyfried, Ivanka Trump, Florence Welch, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Allison Williams, Reese Witherspoon
Models: Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss
Designers: Christopher Bailey, Tory Burch, Sarah Burton, Georgina Chapman, Kenneth Cole, Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli, Peter Copping, Francisco Costa, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Alber Elbaz, Alberta Ferretti, Tom Ford, Valentino Garavani, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Lazaro Hernandez, Carolina Herrera, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Karl Lagerfeld, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren, Jenna Lyons, Stella McCartney, Alasdhair Willis, Jack McCollough, Tamara Mellon, Gilles Mendel, Marcus Wainwright, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Thakoon Panichgul, Zac Posen, Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane (not attending), Riccardo Tisci, Giambattista Valli, Dries Van Noten, Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Vera Wang, David Neville, Jason Wu
Other industry figures: Hamish Bowles, Bianca Brandolini, Claire Courtin-Clarins, Jenna Courtin-Clarins, Prisca Courtin-Clarins, Virginie Courtin-Clarins, Domenico De Sole, Millard Drexler, Sylvana Ward Durrett, Sir Phillip Green, Aerin Lauder, Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren, Catherine Martin, Pat McGrath, Andrew Rosen, Pierre-Yves Roussel, Lauren Santo Domingo, Bee Shaffer, Plum Sykes, Andre Leon Talley, Mario Testino, Gucci Westman, Dasha Zhukova, Veronica Chou
This post was updated to reflect the fact that Hedi Slimane will not actually be attending the event, but hosting in name.