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The Costume Institute's Met Ball to be Livestreamed for First Time

The May 7 red carpet arrivals and moments from inside on one of fashion's biggest nights will be carried on Vogue.com, Metmuseum.org and Amazon.com.

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True fashion lovers know that the most glamourous high fashion events of the year are the Oscars in Hollywood, the Cannes Film Festival in France, and the Met's Costume Ball in New York. The May 7 date for the annual event is approaching, and for anyone not in New York who can't wait to see the next day's photos - well, the red carpet and actual moments from inside the gala will be livestreamed (sort of like Coachella) for the first time ever.

This year’s exhibit theme – and the gala’s theme - is Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. It’s a theoretical “discussion” between the late flamboyant designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who’s famous saying was, “Think pink!” – and Miuccia Prada, known for bringing high art into fashion.  Newly married (in Prada) Carey Mulligan, Prada and Vogue’s Anna Wintour will preside, and the celebrity and supermodel attendance will be heavy. All the fashion houses have celebrity guests. For instance, we hear Dakota Fanning is sitting with Louis Vuitton, and LV will make her a gown. No doubt, Prada is making one for Ms. Mulligan (or is now Mrs. Mumford?).

The red carpet livestream will take place on May 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 ET. The two hosts on the carpet will be former Vogue writer William Norwich and model Elettra Wiedemann, better known in New York than anywhere else – she is Isabella Rosselini’s daughter. (No, E! will not be on the Met carpet, fyi.) It will be carried on Vogue.com, Metmuseum.org and Amazon.com, as Amazon is underwriting the whole exhibit.

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