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Faith, Fun And Fashion: What To Expect From This Year’s Met GALA

Also known as the Oscars of the East coast, what with the sheer volume of star power on the red carpet rivaling only Hollywood’s biggest occasion, the Met Gala is where powerful people like to play dress-up for date night—a night when stars, moguls, and power players alight from their limos at cocktail hour, and mix and mingle like sugar and alcohol. 

It’s both fanfare and fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum’s Art Costume Institute. That’s the official version. In the unofficial one, stars and their stylists plot a year in advance to see who can come up with the wildest interpretation of a fashion theme.  Sometimes this means RiRi pulling off a multi-layered, many-petalled, punk-themed construction by Commes des Garçon in 2017; or RiRi pulling off a yellow cape trimmed with fur in a China meets Alice in Wonderland mash-up in 2015. As you may have guessed, RiRi is the reigning queen of the Met Gala but only because Beyoncé missed it last year. 

 

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The theme this year might be the most controversial one yet: faith and fashion. Stars are encouraged to dress in their “Sunday best,” which could mean anything from priestly robes to princess gowns. This is to complement the Met exhibition this year which comes with a title flown in from the highest sacristy in Italy: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” To fashion scholars and museum curators, this is a take on how Catholic imagery has influenced the designs of big names in the fashion industry—among them Coco Chanel and Versace. 

 

 

Catholic threads will be showcased in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, while their modern interpretations will be displayed elsewhere. Bolton expects some trouble from “right-wing conservative Catholics and liberal Catholics,” but since the exhibit has been approved by the Pope himself, who are we to complain?

 

 

#Repost @voguemagazine ··· You’ve never seen an unboxing video quite like this one: In preparation for “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, the @metcostumeinstitute’s spring 2018 exhibition, Costume Institute staff delicately unpacked dozens of precious objects from the Vatican, many of which have never before left Rome. These incredibly protected relics (worn and used by various Popes) together comprise the living heart of the exhibition, which explores fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism, and which will be celebrated at this year’s #metgala. Tap the link in our bio to watch the full video. Filmed by @foxnhound Assistant Camera @cho.media Edited by @smurfyrose

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This gala has been chaired by Anna Wintour since 1995, but will be co-chaired this year by Donatella Versace, Amal Clooney and—you guessed it—

Rihanna. 

So who will reign at the ball this year? My mind says RiRi, but my heart says this show’s right up Madonna’s alley.  

 

The gala takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018.