Milan Fashion Week is coming to a close, but it’s going out with a bang. As befits any fashion festival worth its salt, there’s going to be one heck of a party to close it!

However, unlike some galas, the amfAR gala which will close Milan Fashion Week, has a conscience.

Founded in 1985, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) fights for AIDS/HIV research. Since the autoimmune virus was mostly prevalent in the gay community, few would speak out or fund research on it, due to societal homophobia.

That’s where amfAR stepped in to raise private funds to research the disease. In 2005, amfAR changed its official name to The Foundation for AIDS Research in order to reflect its global outlook. Since then, the group have raised over $450 million in private funds for AIDS and HIV research.

Of course, everyone who’s anyone knows that the best way to raise funds is to host galas for the rich and famous, so that’s what amfAR does.

This year’s amfAR gala will take place on Thursday 21 September. It will be the 9th annual amfAR Gala Milano in conjunction with Milan Fashion Week.

As you might expect, plenty of the world’s leading Italian designers will be making appearances at the festival. In addition, tonnes of recognisable celebrities and super models will also be on hand.

Who is attending the amfAR gala Milan?

The full list of people chairing the gala was released on the official amfAR website and says the following will be in attendance:

  • Alessandra Ambrosio
  • Bianca Balti
  • Ronnie Budja
  • Dan Caten
  • Dean Caten
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Jourdan Dunn
  • Emanuele Farneti
  • Silvia Fendi
  • Milutin Gatsby
  • Nayla Hayek
  • Milla Jovovich
  • Vasily Klyukin
  • Karolina Kurkova
  • Thomas Leclercq
  • Adriana Lima
  • Federico Marchetti
  • Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos
  • Vincent Roberti
  • Renzo Rosso
  • Remo Ruffini
  • Sara Sampaio
  • Irina Shayk
  • Hormoz Vasfi
  • Donatella Versace
  • Ellen Von Unwerth
  • Arturo Artom
  • Paolo Bettinardi
  • Achille Boroli
  • Sara Cavazza Facchini and Mathias Facchini
  • Giuseppe Duva
  • Ermanno Scervino
  • Sandro Veronesi

In addition, Andrea Bocelli will be giving a special performance at the gala.

However, while those might be the main contributors, you can expect many more. In previous years the amfAR gala in Milan has seen attendees such as Kanye West, Dita Von Teese, and Naomi Campbell. You can probably expect to see a lot of celebrities at the star studded event.

How much does it cost to go to the gala?

As you might expect with such famous names in attendance, tickets for the gala are expensive. 

If you want to take a group, you’re probably best off buying a table, they come at three different price points:

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  • Grand Philanthropist Table for 12 – €40,000
  • Grand Benefactor Table for 10 – €25,000
  • Benefactor Table for 10 – €17,500

And if you lack the necessary guests? No worries, single and pair tickets are also available.

  • Benefactor Package for Two – €10,000
  • Patron Ticket – €2,500
  • Supporter Ticket – €1,750

Still, though tickets might be expensive, at least the proceeds go to a good cause. So there’s always that!