Last night one of my favourite events of the fashion year was held. For those of you that don’t know what the Met Gala is, every year the Costume Institute Gala holds the benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The event brings celebrities together to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute, and also to celebrate their latest exhibition. This new exhibition also inspires the theme of the Gala. In past years there has been themes such as ‘China: Through the looking glass’, ‘Manus x Machina’ and ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’. The main focus of the event though (especially for me anyway!) is to see what the attendees are wearing, especially as they’re supposed to dress in clothes inspired by the theme. Since 1995 the event has been chaired by Anna Wintour (US Vogue editor in chief), and she’s the one who chooses the events co-chairs, and has the last say on the guest list. This year, for the 70th anniversary of the event, Wintour appointed Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace as the co-chairs. With the theme being ‘Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, I was excited to see what kinds of angelic looks the celebs would wear this year.
The Met Gala didn’t come without controversy this year, with lots of people asking if it is right to let religion essentially become a costume, something that I think is fair to question. However with the Vatican contributing around 40 pieces to the exhibition, including items such as Pope Benedict XV’s white silk cape embroidered with gold thread, I’d say that they’re not too unhappy about the event, especially as they’re willing to contribute towards it.
Andrew Bolton, Head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, justified the controversial Catholic theme, saying ‘Some might consider fashion to be an unfitting or unseemly medium by which to engage with ideas about the sacred or the divine, but dress is central to any discussion about religion. It affirms religious allegiances and, by extension, it asserts religious differences.’ Whilst I can see why some would be offended by the theme, I think all my personal favourite looks were done tastefully and respectfully, and truly capture the beauty and purity of religion.
Whatever you think of the theme, I think it’s important to follow it, especially at the Met Gala. Lots of celebs (Kendall Jenner looking at you especially) chose to go for outfits that were pretty, but had nothing to do with the theme. Whilst my favourite looks aren’t necessarily ones I’d love if they were worn to the Oscars or Grammy Awards I think they’re perfect for the occasion at hand, and I’m excited to share them with you.
One of the designers that killed it last night was Versace. Seeing as Donatella was one of the co-chairs I think she had a lot of pressure to fit the theme, and whilst I didn’t love her dress, lots of her designs were stunning. Zendaya’s Joan of Arc inspired look is one of my favourites of the entire night.
One big trend from the night was long trains, and these are some of my faves. Kate Bosworth looks angelic in a long white train by Oscar de la Renta, whilst Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren is a bit more sensual, but equally as gorgeous.
Whilst most of the men were boring last night, a few decided to go against a bog standard suit and followed the theme. Versace nailed it again for Chad Bosworth’s Pope inspired attire, whilst Jared Leto looked the part in Gucci, with a special mention to Lana del Rey who also looked amazing in an outfit that has drawn comparisons to the ‘Statue of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows’.
Above are my top 5 favourite looks from the 2018 Met Gala. These are the ones I think encompass the theme best, whilst still looking beautiful. Janelle Monae in Marc Jacobs literally looks like she belongs in a stained glass window, whilst Ariana Grande in Vera Wang wore the Sistine Chapel paintings on her dress. Not to mention Rihanna, one of the co-chairs, who came dressed as the first ever female pope and looked amazing whilst doing it.
Overall I was quite impressed by this year’s Met Gala, controversy aside. Considering last years disappointment when it came to theme following, I was excited to see to many beautifully dressed people (even those that didn’t follow the theme in my opinion, such as Blake Lively, Jasmine Sanders and Lena Waithe). To put it in short, it’s already got me excited for next year!
Until next time,
Images sourced from H&M, Vogue, Hollywood Life and British GQ