The Met Gala has always been the one big event I look forward to every year. Don't get me wrong, I adore the Oscars, and even at one time, the Grammys (before they snubbed Beyoncé for the last time.) However, there's just something about fashion that has always gotten me so giddy I can basically feel my heart beating out of my chest. Dramatic, I know!
For those who are aware of the Met Gala but not entirely familiar with all the bits and bobs, let me quickly oblige. On the first Monday in May, a selected group of individuals will gather to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate society, fashion, and more specifically, the costume department. As André Leon Talley notes, “the Met Gala is the Super Bowl of fashion.” The Met Gala was started in 1948, although it should be known that the themed part of the gala wasn’t actually started until 1971 with the first theme: Fashion Plate. While the Met Gala is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, it’s also a celebration of everyone who’s made a large impact on the world. While you’ll see your favorite actors and actresses covered from head to toe in only the best fabrics and jewelry, you’ll also see individuals like Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer, and Elon Musk, engineer and CEO of Tesla right next to them.
This year, the 2018 Met Gala theme was, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” An iconic theme if I do say so myself. To give a little bit of background on the theme, it's basically centered around the Catholic Church–an extremely powerful entity since basically the dawn of time. While many of the pieces on display will be from collections by notable designers, museum attendees will be able to see “papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center.” Even if you feel like you're not that well versed in the theme itself, you're most likely familiar with a lot of the iconography. Fashion takes inspiration from basically everything, so it’s not a shocker that the Catholic Church has served as a large amount of inspiration for couture collections from all different eras.
Although there were only a handful of individuals who followed the theme this year (as always), we definitely got to see some iconic looks based off of iconic religious figures.
Here are my favorite looks:
If you happen to find yourself in New York City in the next few months, go check out the exhibition!