Met Gala raises a record $US17.4 million

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All that "gilded glamour" brought in some real gold, with this year's Met Gala raking in a record $US17.4 million ($A24.5 million).

The annual gala is a fundraiser for the self-funding Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The money pays for operating the institute and putting on annual blockbuster exhibits like the current In America: An Anthology of Fashion, which was launched at the gala on Monday night and opens to the public on May 7.

That exhibit is part of a broader two-part exhibit exploring the roots of American fashion.

The gala is traditionally held on the first Monday in May, but because of the pandemic, the 2021 version was held last September.

The two galas together brought in $US33.7 million ($A47.5 million), the institute said.

The theme of Monday's gala - which brought together about 400 of the biggest names from fashion, entertainment, sport and beyond - was "gilded glamour."

Among the stars on show were Kim Kardashian - sporting a vintage golden gown previously worn by Marilyn Monroe - actors Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Australia's Kodi Smith-McPhee, and singers including Alicia Keys, Lizzo and Billie Eilish.

Vogue's legendary editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has run the gala since 1995 and continued as one of the night's honorary co-chairs, along with designer Tom Ford and Instagram's Adam Mosseri.

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