It’s the annual monster truck rally of fashion, a feast for the eyes and a challenge for the intellect. It delights, inspires and begs the question: Why are those women wearing papal tiaras and thigh-high boots?

Here’s the deal. The Met Gala 2018 was Monday night in New York. It’s a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City that gathers the celebrities of the moment, challenging them to dress for theme. The assignment always centers on that year’s Costume Institute fashion exhibition.

That brings us back to the confluence of hot fire mitres, spiked sunburst crowns, processional crosses and white ermine trim seen Monday. This year’s exhibition, opening Thursday, is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

According to the Met, the exhibition “will feature a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from the Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.” It includes designs from Versace, Schiaparelli, Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, plus dozens of treasures loaned by the Vatican, including papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy.

And that, friends, is why Rihanna was wearing a Pope’s hat.

Please, enjoy these photos from the Met Gala while you eat your turkey on white.

“I feel very angelic. Celestial. Ethereal,” said Katy Perry. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
“I feel very angelic. Celestial. Ethereal,” said Katy Perry. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Janelle Monae exits the Mark Hotel en route to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York, May 7, 2018. Each spring, the gala serves as the opening of the annual blockbuster show at the institute, which this year carries a religious theme and is titled “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
Janelle Monae exits the Mark Hotel en route to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York, May 7, 2018. Each spring, the gala serves as the opening of the annual blockbuster show at the institute, which this year carries a religious theme and is titled “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." [Benjamin Norman | New York Times]
Frances McDormand exuded unshakeable confidence wearing a blue Valentino design with a massive headpiece that covered her face. [Laura Thompson | New York Daily News via TNS]
Frances McDormand exuded unshakeable confidence wearing a blue Valentino design with a massive headpiece that covered her face. [Laura Thompson | New York Daily News via TNS]
Chadwick Boseman wears a cross-strewn white Versace cape and suit as he arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala at the museum in New York, May 7, 2018. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Chadwick Boseman wears a cross-strewn white Versace cape and suit as he arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala at the museum in New York, May 7, 2018. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Rihanna, a co-host of this year’s Met Gala, wearing Maison Margiela Artisanal, arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala at the museum in New York, May 7, 2018. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Rihanna, a co-host of this year’s Met Gala, wearing Maison Margiela Artisanal, arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala at the museum in New York, May 7, 2018. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Cardi B wears Moschino. [Photo by Evan Agostini | Invision | AP]
Cardi B wears Moschino. [Photo by Evan Agostini | Invision | AP]
Blake Lively wears Versace to the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. [Photo by Neilson Barnard | Getty Images]
Blake Lively wears Versace to the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. [Photo by Neilson Barnard | Getty Images]
Lana del Rey and Jared Leto,both wearing Gucci, arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala at the museum in New York, May 7, 2018. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Lana del Rey and Jared Leto,both wearing Gucci, arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala at the museum in New York, May 7, 2018. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Shailene Woodley arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala at the museum in New York, May 7, 2018. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Shailene Woodley arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala at the museum in New York, May 7, 2018. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Mindy Kaling arrives at the Met Gala. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Mindy Kaling arrives at the Met Gala. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
George and Amal Clooney, a co-host of this year’s Met Gala. Ms. Clooney is wearing Richard Quinn. And where are the couple’s twins, Alexander and Ella? “They’re under the dress,” he said. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
George and Amal Clooney, a co-host of this year’s Met Gala. Ms. Clooney is wearing Richard Quinn. And where are the couple’s twins, Alexander and Ella? “They’re under the dress,” he said. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing Dolce & Gabbana, with Andy Cohen. And yes, there's a Nativity scene on Parker's head. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing Dolce & Gabbana, with Andy Cohen. And yes, there's a Nativity scene on Parker's head. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Madonna, wearing Jean Paul Gaultier, attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York. [Photo by Charles Sykes | Invision | AP]
Madonna, wearing Jean Paul Gaultier, attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York. [Photo by Charles Sykes | Invision | AP]
Ariana Grande arrives looking as if she is wearing the Sistine Chapel ceiling, interpreted by Vera Wang. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
Ariana Grande arrives looking as if she is wearing the Sistine Chapel ceiling, interpreted by Vera Wang. [Damon Winter | New York Times]
“This is like my skin, I’m proud to be in it,” said Lena Waithe, the actor and writer, who was regally dressed in a black suit and cape that became a broad rainbow. “I’ve got the community on my back to make sure they know I’ve got them all the time. The theme to me is like be yourself. You were made in God’s image, right?” [Damon Winter | New York Times]
“This is like my skin, I’m proud to be in it,” said Lena Waithe, the actor and writer, who was regally dressed in a black suit and cape that became a broad rainbow. “I’ve got the community on my back to make sure they know I’ve got them all the time. The theme to me is like be yourself. You were made in God’s image, right?” [Damon Winter | New York Times]