Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies and the Catholic Imagination

The first Monday in May arrived yet again last night. The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute in New York City. Additionally, this event kicks off the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.

Long story short, this is equivalent to the Oscars, but for the fashion industry.

Instead of reveling in what happens inside of the Museum (mostly because there is a no-selfie policy for attendees), viewers at home and broadcast journalists know the main event takes place on the red carpet. It is with great eagerness that we all await the arrival of our favorite celebrities in daring, awe-inspiring creations as a theme is provided each year. This years theme was Heavenly Bodies and the Catholic Imagination.

With catholicism as a theme, a lot of trends frequented the carpet including headdresses, Holy Rosaries, and embroidery.

Rihanna was a co-chair alongside Anna Wintour, Donatella Versace, and Amal Clooney for this years event. Therefore, it was only right that she showed up as best dressed as she’s done in the years past. This is why we were all excited but not surprised when she arrived inspired by the Pope, literally. A silver, bedazzled 3-piece by Maison Margiela was a look people couldn’t stop talking and tweeting about. The look included a Miter, dress that was mini in the front and maxi in the back, and a matching oversized jacket. Her shoe of choice was Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle Strass in Pewter.

The multi-hyphenate mogul knows no fear when it comes to giving us looks, especially when a theme is involved.

There were a ton of other attendees that did not shy away from the theme like Zendaya, who modernized Joan of Arc in a Versace chainmail original that was co-designed by her stylist, Law Roach. Zendaya finished the look by adding a wavy, Auburn bob with bangs and Jimmy Choo Max Platform Sandals. Chadwick Boseman embraced the theme, which a lot of men usually do not do, in a heavily embellished, ivory suit with a matching cape by Versace and Christian Louboutin loafers. The suit had blue and ruby rhinestones as well as ruby tassels that made Boseman’s look more striking.

Striking, Avant Garde, and the ethereal being that is Solange are all synonymous. There is only one person who can pull off carrying Florida Water in a Swarovski bag while having a black durag beneath a crown that read “My God Wears A Durag” in gold, Olde English font. Solange was even kind enough to let her social media following choose her Met Gala look, and the textured, strapless Iris Van Herpen dress was the winner. Solange walked the carpet with Aurora James, the designer of the thigh-high, Brother Vellies boots she wore.

Blake Lively arrived in a gorgeous ruby gown by Atelier Versace. The gown had sheer panels on the sides with intricate gold beading. The actress revealed this piece took “over 600 hours” to create, and it was well worth it. A stunning gold headpiece reminiscent of a halo took this look to an unimaginable level of regality. Lively’s shoe of choice was Christian Louboutin, and the footwear designer was also her date!

The legendary Sarah Jessica Parker is always fun to see at the Met Gala, because she is never intimidated by the theme. SJP arrived alongside Andy Cohen in Dolce & Gabanna. Surely, this theme was special to the duo designers since they are “devout Catholics,” as SJP mentioned. The Dolce & Gabanna original was embroidered in gold and included red rhinestones in the shape of a heart. To further elevate the look, SJP wore a Nativity-inspired headpiece, and added powder blue eyeshadow for a subtle pop of color.

Flip through more celebrity pictures from the 2018 Met Gala below.

Photos courtesy of eonline, Instagram, Getty and Popsugar.
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