Met Gala 2018: Rihanna, Katy Perry and others take us to church
The event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City — called “the party of the year” and “the Oscars of the East Coast” — is a chance for stars to push fashion into uncharted territory.
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.