color me surprised: this year’s met gala red carpet was one of the best in years. not just the best met gala red carpet, but red carpet period (save the black panther premiere). i was fully prepared to see a bunch of celebs and models wear basic gowns and add a cross or rosary. not so. there was so much variety and lots of different takes on this year’s theme, heavenly bodies: fashion and the catholic imagination. rihanna came dressed as a pope, kate bosworth channeled a weeping madonna, zendaya did the same with joan of arc, and cardi b was (literally) the pregnant virgin mary. not everyone was into being heavenly—lily collins and solange (and lana del rey) had slightly different takes on our lady of sorrows and several women like nicki minaj and amber heard chose red, which could signify the blood of christ or that of catholic martyrs.
overall there was a lot of love on the women’s side, but i wish i could say the same with the men. other than chadwick boseman, resplendent in all cream versace complete with cape, most of the guys just put on a tux and called it a day. with so many amazing references to pull from, i was definitely disappointed.
check out vogue’s big slideshow of last night’s attendees, this interview in the guardian with curator andrew bolton on how the idea for this show began, and this new york times piece on how the met obtained pieces of clothing and art from the vatican crucial to the exhibition. heavenly bodies opens at the met thursday and runs through october 8.
who were your favorites from the gala?
rihanna in maison margiela / solange in iris van herpen / ashley olsen in paco rabanne & mary-kate olsen in the row and paco rabanne / diane kruger in prabal gurung / evan rachel wood in altuzarra / lily collins in givenchy by clare waight keller / sarah paulson in miu miu / cardi b in moschino / zendaya in versace / kate bosworth in oscar de la renta / chadwick boseman in versace
photos via wire image and vogue