Often, celebrity guests skip the exhibit and head straight to cocktails. This year, museum officials really wanted them to see the sumptuous show on Lagerfeld - so they helped things along by routing the crowd from the receiving line to the exhibit, with cocktails and dinner down one floor.
The exhibit was indeed more crowded than usual during the gala, and one of the first to visit was Baz Luhrmann. The Australian director had worked with Lagerfeld on a Chanel No. 5 commercial starring Nicole Kidman and had fond memories, saying the designer was constantly working, learning, and creating. He also praised his smarts: "Too often we don't celebrate the intellect.” He was wearing a high-collared, starched white shirt, part of Lagerfeld's personal uniform, with his Thom Browne ensemble. He recalled visiting Lagerfeld at his home in Biarritz, where, he said. "there was a whole entire room of these shirts."
The Met Gala is filled with stars of film, music, sports, fashion and more, but Wintour also has a fondness for Broadway, and often invites actors from shows she loves to the gala. At this gala, a spot on one side of the airy Charles Engelhard Court became the site of a joyous reunion of Broadway actors. Among the group gathering, laughing and hugging were Josh Groban ("Sweeney Todd"), Phillipa Soo ("Camelot"), Ben Platt ("Parade"), and Jonathan Groff ("Merrily We Roll Along"). Soo called the party "wonderful and whimsical. I feel so lucky to be here with these artists and celebrate another artist."
For Platt, it was his fifth Met Gala, and he looked like he couldn’t believe his luck. "Anna is a huge champion of the theater!" he said. He added that this was his favorite gala because he was able to enjoy it with his friend and co-star in "Parade," Micaela Diamond.