The most famous faces from the worlds of fashion, film, music and art come together every year to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, celebrating the latest exhibition to feature. Each year the night is centred on a theme from the new exhibition and this year’s theme is the most controversial yet, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The theme explored the influence Catholicism has had, and continues to have, on fashion throughout history. This year marked the gala’s 70th anniversary and was co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace.
This event always promises the most elaborate designs, accessories and make-up to be seen, making it the only red carpet that matters for fashion lovers. It’s all about the most daring and extravagant creations of the theme. Lena Waithe wore a rainbow flag cape to represent the progression made over the years and Zendaya sported a homage to Joan of Arc, a woman who was burnt alive to then realise she was a saint all along. Whereas, Rihanna and Anna Wintour channelled the Pope – a controversial choice due to their gender trivialising religious imagery. The Met Gala 2018 required a leap of faith and a sense of fearlessness. See our favourite designs to hit the red carpet this year below.
Rihanna- wearing Maison Margiela by John Galliano
Amal Clooney- wearing Richard Quinn
Zendaya- wearing Versace with Tiffany & Co jewellery
Lena Waithe- wearing Carolina Herrera, fastened by Byzantine-inspired Maltese crosses
Katy Perry- wearing Versace
Cardi B- wearing Moschino
Blake Lively- wearing Versace
Kim Kardashian- wearing Versace
Gigi Hadid- wearing Versace
Sarah Jessica Parker- wearing Dolce & Gabbana
Ariana Grande- wearing Vera Wang
Priyanka Chopra- wearing Ralph Lauren