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Nerd Prom vs. Dress Porn: How WHCD & Met Gala Stack Up

We break down the two hottest spring tickets, the White House Correspondents' Dinner and the Costume Institute Gala, in order to decide which one gives us the most FOMO

Host:
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner relies on comedians like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Joel McHale and Larry Whilmore (and, of course, Obama with his marvelous dad jokes), while the Vogue fete has honourary co-chairs—this year Taylor Swift and Idris Elba were in the receiving line with Anna.
Advantage: White House, because hosts get free reign to tease the leader of the free world. We doubt anyone at the Met Gala is cracking wise about Anna Wintour’s bob.

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President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (Photo: Rex/Shutterstock)

Seating Arrangements:
Both the WHCD and the Met Gala have sprawling guests lists that seem to expand exponentially each year. At the White House, outlets like NPR and The Daily Beast purchase tickets and carefully choose their table (at around $300 per seat), mixing A-listers, media personalities, lobbyists and politicians (which is how a celeb like Reese would end up chatting with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand). The actual reporters and photographers who cover the White House on a day-to-day basis are usually left in the dust. The Met Gala is just as cutthroat: design houses purchase tables, but Anna and team have a heavy hand in suggesting which celebrities make the cut—and which hot designer dresses them. Vogue staffers are asked to work at the event, but rarely get a seat at a table.
Advantage: Met Gala, because at 700 seats max, tickets are still slightly harder to come by than the WHCD (which seats around 2,400).

HBIC:
For Vogue, obviously all the guests are beholden to Anna Wintour, whose meticulous and microscopic attention to detail is the topic of a new documentary, The First Monday in May. At the White House, HBIC means Head Barack in Charge. Sure Anna Wintour is all-powerful, but even she gets starstruck around the Obamas. And her security detail is slightly less intimidating.
Advantage: POTUS and FLOTUS

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Anna Wintour at this year’s Met Gala (Photo: Rex/Shutterstock)

Designer Showcase:
This is an unfair fight as the Met Gala is the most high profile fashion event in the world, whereas the WHCD is where geeky media get to pretend they are as cool as Bradley Cooper (hence, the nickname Nerd Prom). At the Met Gala, designers are paired with celebrities—Beyoncé with Riccardo Tisci, Kate Moss alongside Marc Jacobs—for an insanely glamorous red carpet and a showcase for the relationship between fashion and Hollywood. The WHCD still gets the goods, but in a much more low-key way (no fishnets, and definitely no latex). Instead, you’ll see Kerry Washington in Victoria Beckham and Rachel McAdams in Giorgio Armani; pretty, of course, but safe choices.
Advantage: The Met Gala, by a mile.

Celebrity Attendance:
Both events are brimming with celebs, almost to the point of overflowing. Judging by the most A list and most Z list is probably a good measuring stick. The Met Gala draws in Beyoncé and Jay Z and Amal and George Clooney, while Chloe Sevigny, Solange and Josh Hartnett are considered less desirable seatmates. The WHCD has a healthy mix of powerful Hollywood players, including Helen Mirren, Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes, but will also let in a Real Housewife like Nene Leakes.
Advantage: It’s a draw.

Final score: Let’s be real—an invite to either event would make our lives.

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