By:  Mike Leventhal, Staff Reporter

May 2017: New York City: For the record, it’s officially referred to as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit – which is a black-tie and gown event to raise funds for the museum’s Costume Institute. The Costume Institute is the only Met curatorial department that is required to fund itself.   

However to fashion designers, models, socialites, celebrities, and tourists, the first Monday in May is “the Oscars of Fashion” and “the party of the year” in New York City.

Hosted by American Vogue Fashion Editor Anna Wintour, and with guest hosts this year including Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams and honorary chair-women Rei Kawakubo and Caroline Kennedy, the former United States ambassador to Japan, the “Met Gala” is a media extravaganza.

From international television and internet media crews, paparazzi, to bloggers on mobile devices – the Met Gala affords up-close and personal views of the biggest stars adorned in the most spectacular attire.

Amid the red carpet hoopla, the New York Police Department kept a watchful eye over the proceedings, especially given the rash of activism and protests in the city in recent months.

The NYPD reports there were no incidents and no arrests made.