What Actually Happens Behind-the-Scenes of the Met Gala

Regardless of what they wore, not all attendees followed rules imposed by Anna Wintour and Met Gala staff.

Karlie Kloss, Tiffany Haddish, and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas at the 2018 Met Gala.


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For years, news outlets have reported that the Met Gala has rules in place that prevent attendees from taking photos and smoking, among other things, inside the event. According to Hartman, only some of those rules are actually enforced.

“Are people taking pictures and videos? Yes,” Hartman said of Met Gala attendees. “Are the caterers taking pictures and videos? No. All of our phones were confiscated, so we literally couldn’t.”

“But bathroom pictures are totally a thing, and people were taking pictures all night,” he continued. “They just aren’t allowed to publish until after the red carpet and event.”

“There is NO smoking inside though,” Hartman said. “We had to tell celebrities that there was a designated smoking area toward the front of the building, and it was a really far distance away. That was our only negative feedback that we received from the guests.”

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