Just how close to an actual Met Gala did the “Met Gala” setting for the central heist in the 2018 film get? Aside from the fact that Rihanna was there?
Well, you might have guessed that Wintour wouldn’t have made a cameo in a film that was getting her party all wrong. A team from Vogue, including director of special events Edie Kierna (also in the movie), consulted on the details and the climactic sequence was shot at the actual museum, where they effectively recreated what a real Met Gala red carpet looks like and packed the faux event with Vogue-approved celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid and Serena Williams.
“The ball, that’s Anna Wintour’s creation. And this was done from the very beginning with the collaboration, advice and the assistance of Vogue,” Ocean’s 8 director Gary Ross told Vulture. “Anna wanted to make sure the aesthetics were up to her standards. I presented her with the design. She was impressed with and moved by that. And she went, ‘OK, this is up to what we do.'”
It took 10 days to shoot the Met scenes, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art allowed between the hours of 4 p.m. and 3 a.m.
“We took the executive dining room and converted it into a kind of club where people could hang out. A bunch of interesting people up there,” Ross revealed about how they handled all the celebs idling on set between takes. “When they were not on camera, they were at a fun party meeting people. And we had a bunch of Cartier jewels that they could wear if they wanted to and accessorize with, like, millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry.”