The Met Gala: Heavenly Bodies

So unless you’re a fashion kid who lives under a rock, you know that 2018’s the First Monday in May has officially come and gone. This year’s theme, you ask? “Heavenly Bodies” — a showcase of the Catholic Church’s power, money, and influence over the past millennium. With the Catholic Church being one of the largest religious bodies in the world with over 1.25 billion practitioners (myself amongst them), The Met has the challenge to present the Church in the most grandiose way possible — and they succeeded.

This year’s gala has been touted as the largest yet — and the first to extend outside of the main 86th & 5th museum to The Met’s two other locations further uptown, The Met Bruer and The Cloisters. In the Anna Wintour Costume Institute, the exhibition hosts archival religious vestments on loan from the Vatican in Rome ranging from Pope John Paul II’s famous red loafers (no sign of Benedict XVI’s Prada ones though) to a jeweled Pontiff crown equipped with its own Italian bodyguard. As to not upset Rome, the sacred vestments and the more contemporary couture have been separated. Scattered throughout the medieval and Italian Renaissance galleries, the works of the Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and more can be found.

To add to the holiness of this year’s exhibition, the event has been co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and — honoring her late brother, Gianni — Donatella Versace. On top of that, guests were blessed with a performance from no one better fitting for a holy event, Madonna, who performed her controversial classic “Like A Prayer” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” surrounded by backup singers as monks.

More importantly, the Met Gala’s red carpet is what steals the show each year. We’ve compiled below our top 10 celebrity bodies who executed the theme heavenly– sinners and saints included. If you’d like to feel blessed by this year’s exhibition, fly down to NYC between now and October 8.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

SZA in Versace

Janelle Monáe in Marc Jacobs

Cardi B in custom Jeremy Scott

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace

Rihanna in custom Margiela by Galliano

Author: Vince Calvi

MBA Candidate, Global Fashion Media at IFA Paris

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