While there is certainly a great focus on the materialism and vast wealth present on the night of the Met Gala, the point of the event itself is ultimately to raise money. If the proceeds of the event are being used to curate an educational exhibition, then at least the inane sums of money are being put toward a good cause. Further, the hype around the outlandish nature of the event and the event itself ultimately raises awareness about the exhibition and drives more visitors to the museum. Some designers in the past have also sold their designs from the night for thousands of dollars apiece and donated the money to various charities. Although the large sum of money that goes into the night may seem distasteful, it goes toward good causes for the most part.