Anna Wintour Has Spoken: Selfies Banned at Tonight's Met Gala

Dana Covit

No matter what anyone tells you, there are to be absolutely no selfies at the Met Gala. We repeat: No selfies and no social media at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Gala. 

If you're on the verge of losing it over the obstruction of what would surely have been some truly star-studded snaps, you have Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Met Gala hostess Anna Wintour to blame. According to Page Six, all attendees received notice with their arrival information stating "the use of phones for photography and social media will not be permitted."

Tonight's China-themed fête, the party of the year on the New York culture circuit, is always buzzing with A-listers donning the most stunning fashions, and the selfie culture of the event has been growing year over year. Previous galas saw the personalized coverage of the event somehow making the event feel accessible. The ban begs the question of whether this marks an attempt to return the event to its air of elevated exclusivity (a ticket to attend will run you $25,000), but a source told Page Six it was put in place to ensure "guests’ security and enjoyment of the event.”

But never fear: We're sure there will be lots of pre-event selfies in play, and professional photographers will be in attendance to document the fashion-forward festivities, as well as a film crew set to capture footage for an upcoming Vogue documentary on this year’s event, called China: Through the Looking Glass, about the making of the Chinese fashion-themed exhibit at the Costume Institute and the opening evening itself.

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