beyonce-metBeyoncé in a Givenchy Couture gown posing on the grand steps of the Met at last year’s gala. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

An invite to
the annual Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala is a highly coveted ticket to fashion’s most exclusive night out of the year. With the
exhibition this summer honouring American couturier Charles James, you can expect a high fashion showcase of ball gowns and suit tails worthy of classier eras of yore—or Anna Wintour. To help guide you through tonight’s old world-inspired festivities, we rounded up the five things you need to know about this year’s gala.