Only at the Met: An Oral History of the World's Most Glamorous Gala

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It was once the Party of the Year, now it's the Met gala or the Met ball, and sometimes it's the Costume Institute Benefit. Either way, it's an event that no one forgets. But don't let us tell you—we've compiled the memories of the people who know it best. From the staffers to producers to the starry attendees, here is an oral history of the Met gala.
Kendall Jenner, model

I remember Jared Leto last year had a mold of his own head. He's like, "Take it for the night!" And I'm like, "This thing is heavy. I have wings! I need to give this back to you."

Law Roach, stylist

I sat next to Lewis Hamilton and he invited me skydiving. I haven't taken him up on that yet, but Lewis invited me skydiving!

Stephen Jones, milliner and exhibition headpiece designer

I remember once walking up to Marc Jacobs. He was with Karen Elson and Cher and he said, "Stephen, have you met Cher?" I mean, only at the Met gala!

Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cardinal Dolan, who I got to know quite well during the Heavenly Bodies dinner, he likes his food and he was appalled about how small the portions were. He's used to, I suppose, massive portions and tipped a waiter to go out onto the street to get him two hot dogs.

Jeremy Scott bows down to Madonna at the 2015 Met gala. Photo: Getty Images

Jeremy Scott, designer

A personal moment for me goes back to Madonna. Growing up, I was…
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