Costume Galas and Parties 1967 – 2019


Join Galella as he showcases the most iconic images from the last five decades of the MET’s galas and parties.

Published: 2019

In Costume Galas and Parties: 1967-2019, The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Ron Galella defines an evolution of fashion through the institute’s yearly theme.

This beautiful ‎284 page hard cover chronicles 42 years of Galella’s coverage of the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s annual gala benefit.

The book contains more than 800 black-and-white and color photographs. From fashion icons, pop stars and actors, Galella takes us on a visual journey of the MET Gala from the late 60’s to the behemoth it is today,  the Oscars of Fashion! A stunning spectacle where fashion and art meet.

The show’s annual opening fundraising night gala, produced in collaboration with Vogue magazine, draws a glamorous A-list crowd, an unrivaled mix of Hollywood,  glamour and fashion, high society,  a who’s who of celebrity culture from around the world.

Since 1967 Galella had been an overwhelming presence at the MET’s fashion scene photographing the world’s most important designers, models and stars, from Halston, de la Renta, Lagerfeld, Yves St. Laurent, Valentino, Diane von Furstenberg,   Cindy, Christie, Brooke, Claudia,  Naomi, Gisele, Berenson,  Moss,  Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis,  Audrey Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol, Gary Oldman, Cher,  Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Elle Fanning, Mick Jagger, Elton John, David Bowie, Bono,  Madonna,  Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys,  Crawford, Zendaya, Eddie Redmayne, Saoirse Ronan, Chris Rock, Rami Malek,  Orlando Bloom,  they all passed through Galella’s lens and with the click of his shutter were shared through countless media outlets worldwide!

They are all here in this glorious hard cover book,  collected for the first time from an event what would evolve into a fashion phenomenon,  sometimes outrageous,  provocative, and humorous.

Up until the 80’s Ron and a handful of photographers had unrestricted access inside the event. Today, hundreds of photographers flock to shoot red carpet “arrivals” on Fifth Avenue under an enormous tent outside the museum, but only one photographer has captured nearly all the gala moments from its early days to the present time as expressly as Ron Galella.

The annual fashion exhibition at the MET is the most prestigious of its kind, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors, with some becoming the most visited exhibitions in the museum’s history.

Since its inception the MET Gala has been the most exclusive and glamorous event in New York City. From event Chairs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,  Pat Buckley to Dianna Vreeland and Anna Wintour, who dramatically expanded the gala’s vision and awareness, Galella chronicled the event like no other.

The book is dedicated to Diana Vreeland and Anna Wintour.

As Ron got older, and less mobile, he was always very appreciative of organizers efforts to accommodate him.

Join Galella in his favorite annual event – outside of the Oscars – combining fashion, glamour and celebrity as he showcases the most iconic images from the last five decades of the MET’s galas and parties.

Published:  2019 © Ron Gallela
Publisher: ‎ Ron Galella, LTD.  English Hardcover: ‎ 284 pages  Item Weight: ‎ 4.13 pounds