What It’s Like To Attend The Met Gala

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As the Met Gala is the unofficial Super Bowl to the fashion set, we consider anyone who’s able to score a ticket beyond fortunate. Not only did American fashion designer Ariana Rockefeller (yes, of those Rockefellers) get to experience the exclusive and glamorous affair for the first time this year, she also designed her own dress for the occasion. Get an insider’s peek at what it’s like to prepare for (and attend) the fairytale evening with Ariana’s exclusive photo diary.

"In designing my gown, I wanted to represent my brand’s aesthetic of classic simplicity while paying tribute to the glamour of the evening with 20 yards of tulle in brilliant red—the Chinese color of good luck. Here we are at one of our several fittings, discussing the tulle and adjusting the hem."

Photos: Marion Murphy

"Making final corrections to my gown in the garment center. I wanted the dress to be a canvas for my great grandmother’s jewelry, given to her by my great grandfather John D. Rockefeller, Jr. circa the 1930s. My great grandparents were patrons and collectors of Asian art, and I was honored to continue my family’s appreciation of the Eastern aesthetic and influence in Western culture and art."

"My workout before the Met Gala. I spent a fun morning showing my horse, Stuart, at Old Salem Farm."

"Getting ready with my makeup artist Nicole Bryl. Here she is putting on the final touches before I head out the door."

"I'm officially Met Gala-ready, with Grandpa's portrait in the background."

"And we're off—headed to the ball with my husband, Matt!"

"There were no photos allowed inside, but I snapped this one of Matt on the steps as we left the Met."

"Feet up in the car—can't believe the night is over! It was such a treat to be able to view the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit in an intimate and glamorous setting as one of the guests of the gala."