Last night, the fashion world was treated to the grandest red carpet affair of the year, giving us our annual avant-garde fix to keep us gushing until next May. This year’s Met Gala theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination and Anna Wintour’s esteemed guests sure showed up and showed off in their Sunday best, turning the Metropolitan Museum of Art into the cathedral of dreams.
Themes are not always interpreted well, however, and in some instances they’re not adhered to at all (no names mentioned). This year was no different. But thanks to a few fashion gods who actually put in the work, the red carpet was not short of creative splendour. Some A-listers trod carefully with their sartorial takes on religion, but these red carpet faves dared to bless us with the following outstanding takes on Catholicism and religion:
As the most devout guest of the Met and one of the co-hosts of the exhibition it only made sense that Rihanna showed up in a mitre. Riri lived up to our expectations in John Galliano for Maison Margiela. Our faith has once again been RIHvived.
Solange and Iris van Herpen have done it again! And who says you can’t wear a durag to church? The Saint Heron took her headdress advice from fans on Twitter, who recommended either a halo or a durag, so she went for both, complete with the caption ‘I feel heavenly in black’.
It can be quite easy to be too gimmicky when it comes to themes involving religion, yet Lily Collins in Givenchy still managed to turn heads with a literal, yet high-fashion approach to Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
The Dirty Computer cleans up well. Of course, we’re not surprised, as Janelle Monáe always delivers on and off the red carpet. This time she gave us a memorable look by Michael Kors and I’m particularly impressed by the re-imagination of the halo as a hat.
Lana Del Rey & Co
The theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination was conceptualised in favour of Lana Del Rey, Jared Leto and creative director of Gucci Alessandro Michele. If anyone didn’t know how to breathe life into this brief before, now they know.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Just when the world almost forgot that SJP was the original red carpet darling, she channelled Carrie Bradshaw’s love for dressing up, bringing a praiseworthy Dolce & Gabbana gown onto the red carpet. Naturally, SJP would be the one to actually commission D&G to dress her, as they are known for their Catholic references portrayed through various collections over the decades.
All white – an obvious, but lesser worn colour at the Met last night even though it is most associated with purity and religion. And Winnie Harlow owned it, looking like the angel who welcomes you next to St Peter at the pearly gates in heaven. It seems that while the devil wears Prada, angels wear Tommy Hilfiger.
See our Instagram stories for more Met Gala 2018 looks that took us to church.
And here are the 6 most exquisite beauty looks from the red carpet.