Though nicknamed “The Oscars of the East Coast,” the Costume Institute Gala, AKA the Met Ball, has managed to somewhat austerely stay away from the Joan Rivers/Ryan Seacrest red carpet scene that is such a staple of its Los Angeles counterpart. Until now. For the first time since its inception in 1948, the event’s red carpet arrivals will be broadcast thanks to a live stream made possible by Vogue and Amazon.com.

The event’s organizers have enlisted former contributing editor of Vogue William Norwich and model Elettra Wiedemann to host the live stream, which will presumably involve a lot of “What are you wearing?” and interviews with Met Ball chairs, Carey Mulligan, Miuccia Prada and Anna Wintour. Viewers at home will also be able to submit questions via Twitter (naturally). It remains to be seen whether this step toward the public will drag the Met Ball down into the E! channel, but if you want to find out, you can go to on May 7 at 6:30 PM. (Photo: Marc-Olivier Maheu/Flickr)