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We all know the first Monday in May is an opportunity for spectacle of the highest order, because entertainment and fashion’s elite will be stepping out for the annual Met Gala. And it’s always a high point on the fashion calendar.

But it seems for those lucky enough to score a coveted invite to the event, there’ll be a list of restrictions in place – some perfectly reasonable, understandable (and well, lawful), and others slightly more exacting (and unsurprisingly, on order of high priestess Anna Wintour). So if you’re planning to dust off your fashion best come Monday, you might want to familiarize yourself with the fanciest of fashion rules…

Not suitable for those under 18

It seems no minors are extended an invite. The restriction on age was revealed by 16 year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, who revealed why she wouldn’t be attending a few years ago on account of her tender age. When asked last year, organizers provided no further explanation than “it’s not an appropriate event for people under 18.” Could it be the booze on offer? The topic of conversation? Or simply a wish to keep things more sophisticated? Either way, you’ll need to book your ‘sitter for this one.

Sorry, no selfies

Now for those of us who enjoy following our favourites’ Instagrams the night of a big event, this one is a bummer. With the worry being that guests will while away the evening on their phones, a ban is in place on selfies. There’s also, presumably, the concern that guests will reveal outfits and other hotly-anticipated details on social media rather than on the red carpet. Not that that’s stopped guests past – just check out this mega-selfie from Kylie Jenner in 2017:

 

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annual bathroom selfie

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Strict seating planning

The behind-the-scenes documentary, The First Monday in May, revealed the meticulously detailed degree of planning and thought that goes into the seating arrangements. According to Sylvana Ward Durrett, Vogue’s director of special projects, great consideration is given to who goes next to whom – for example, if they’ve sat together at previous events. She also reveals spouses are never seated together. She called it “power brokering,” and who knows what it could lead to? Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas walked the red carpet together at the Gala just two years – and now call themselves husband and wife. The whole point, as Ward Durrett says, “is to meet new people.” Hear, hear.

Thank you for not smoking

Now this one makes complete sense. The city of New York has had an indoor smoking ban in place for sixteen years, and there’s no reason the Metropolitan Museum of Art should be any different. In fact, there’s reason to be extra careful, what with all the invaluable art around. Supposedly, organizers really cracked down on this, after celebs such as Dakota Johnson, Rami Malek, Bella Hadid and Marc Jacobs were caught lighting up in the bathrooms at the 2017 Gala, apparently to donors’ great dismay. This year a strict ban is in force, being explicitly stated on the invite and everything.

 

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Smoking in the girls room #metgala @chardefrancesco @courtneylove @space_witch666

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No onion, garlic, or other hazardous foods

The actual event is comprised of a cocktail hour and sit-down dinner, and here’s where some of Ms. Wintour’s specific demands come in. We all know red wine, garlic, and other potentially staining or pungent foods are ones to avoid at a big soiree. Okay, so they won’t be banning red wine (let the people drink!), but, there is a ban on parsley (God forbid, it get stuck in one’s teeth), along with other rather aromatic foods such as onion or garlic, or spill-ables like bruschetta – it’s just not worth the fashion risk. Just ask Karlie Kloss, who in 2016 had her all-white gown given the chop for the after-party after suffering a dreaded red wine spill.

So if you’re up for keeping the cigs, kids, selfie sticks and maybe your spouse at home – you might just be in for the night of your life.