By now, chances are you've seen at least a handful of the red carpet pictures from the 2017 Met Gala, from Katy Perry in her red Maison Margiela veil to the Olsen twins in their bridal-inspired gowns. But just how much preparation goes on behind the scenes in the hours leading up to those few minutes spent in front of the photographers on the steps?
The annual event is overseen by Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue, and as well as making decisions about invitations, the institution can also play a part in what guests wear. Wendy Yu, the founder and CEO of Yu Capital (an investment fund launched to support fashion, lifestyle and tech enterprises), attended as a guest of Wintour's, and she is taking us inside of the halls of American Vogue (via her iPhone) to show what a Met Gala fitting is really like.
She has opened up her camera roll from 24 hours before the Met Gala, and her diary includes everything from her pregame breakfast to her shoe options and hair and makeup. So if your invite didn't quite make it this year, this is the next best thing. Scroll below to see a Met Gala fitting at the Vogue offices.
"Good morning New York; it's so great to be here! Breakfast with a breathtaking view from my room at the Mandarin Oriental."
"I've just arrived at the American Vogue offices ready for my fitting for the Met Gala."
"A special personalised touch at American Vogue, I feel so honoured to be so taken care of."
"Such beautiful gowns, I'm totally spoilt for choice."
"Pink is my favourite colour, I had to try this Oscar de la Renta on first."
"Next was Monique Lhuillier, I simply love the embroidery and volume of this dress."
"This Victor and Rolf gown was one of my favourites, it's actually from the bridal collection. It was a tough decision not to go with this one…"
"But we have a winner! I'm thrilled to be wearing Zac Posen to the Met Gala. Thank you Virginia Smith and Tonne Goodman for all your expert styling and advice; I couldn't be in better hands."
"Last but not least, onto shoes, which were so thoughtfully picked out for me."
"Now for a quick post-fitting juice and makeup refresh at my hotel before heading out again."
"In the mood for blue. Here's my outfit for Wendi Murdoch's pre Met Gala celebrations—a Gucci dress and shoes with Olympia Le Tan."
"The lovely Wendi and I, coincidentally matching in blue! Thank you for your warm hospitality, Wendi."
"It's now the day of the Met Gala, and it's time to start getting ready!"
"I'm so happy to be wearing beautiful fine jewellery from Anna Hu, who is my dear friend."
"The final finishing touches before making my way."
"Ready for the most spectacular evening ahead."
"I've arrived, and my first stop is the red carpet. OOTN Zac Posen, Anna Hu Fine Jewellery and Marchesa clutch."
"The most modern romantic setting awaits."
Next up, every red carpet look from the Met Gala you need to see.