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
A playful @arianagrande in the Wrightsman galleries showed off her @verawanggang gown, which doubled as a Michaelangelo painting. #metgala Directed by @bardiazeinali DP @kellyjeffrey Movement @mettenarrative Steadicam @yoshisteadiop Production @prodn_artandcommerce Edit & Post Production @modern.post Music @basement_jaxx
SZA in Versace
The angelic @SZA graced the visitor benches in the European paintings room in pink @versace, complete with halo. #metgala Directed by @bardiazeinali DP @kellyjeffrey Movement @mettenarrative Steadicam @yoshisteadiop Production @prodn_artandcommerce Edit & Post Production @modern.post Music @basement_jaxx
Janelle Monáe in Marc Jacobs
@janellemonae Covered In JF Gold And Silver Globe Rings Styled By @mandelkorn And In The Back #SamiraHoops Down Her Braid #janellemonae #metball #metball2018 #voguemagazine . . . . #instagood #ootd #picoftheday #janelle #love #life #beauty #girl #personalstyle #nyc #jewelry #jfisherjewelry #heavenlybodies #jfisherjewelry
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
Who else but @badgalriri could pair a custom @maisonmargiela by John Galliano mitre and a minidress? She strutted among the statues of the Greek and Roman galleries. #metgala Directed by @bardiazeinali DP @kellyjeffrey Movement @mettenarrative Steadicam @yoshisteadiop Production @prodn_artandcommerce Edit & Post Production @modern.post Music @depechemode