The Met Gala proved once again why it is called the “party of the year” by gathering the who’s who of the entertainment industry.
With this year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala” the Metropolitan Museum of Art was once again revived with celebrities’ attempting to best interpret the theme and look best in doing so. Some of the celebrity attendees really let loose with this year’s religious theme at the annual fundraising event, some miss the mark and some brought it home.
International star Rihanna did not disappoint as usual, and in keeping with the exhibition’s “Heavenly Bodies” motif, her 2018 look channelled the grandeur of Catholic vestments with a cream bejewelled gown layered beneath a flowing overcoat from Maison Margiela. She completed the outfit with a matching hat which put the right tough to the theme of the night.
A lot of celebrities interpreted the theme beautifully. Those included actress Zandeya, Blake Lively, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, actress Priyanka Chopra and singer J-Lo.
The Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest event on the fashion fundraising calendar. Founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the benefit was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York’s high society. In its modern incarnation, the most famous faces from the realms of fashion, film, music and art come together to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of its latest exhibition. The night is centred on the theme of the new exhibition, with previous themes encompassing everything from Manus x Machina and Punk: Chaos to Couture to China: Through the Looking Glass. This year’s exhibition theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
Since 1995, the event has been chaired by US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who enlists public figures to serve as the event’s co-chairs. Past hosts have included Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Marc Jacobs. The Met Gala 2018, which marks the event’s 70th anniversary, was co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace.