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Met Gala 2018: Fashion gets Catholic Imagination

Met Gala

Met Gala

On Monday night, Celebrities hit the red carpet wearing dramatic clothes at the Met Gala, an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York.

The Met Gala is one of the most awaited events in the fashion calendar.

The gala is organized on the first Monday of May every year. The invite-only event is managed by Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour who controls the extremely-exclusive guest list. (Only 600 people were invited to last year’s gala — and given the chance to purchase tickets for $30,000.)

The exclusive guest list includes “it” models, designers and industry big-hitters, all personally approved by Anna Wintour.

This year, the theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The exhibition will explore fashion’s relationship with the Catholic Church and features designs from Coco Chanel, John Galliano, and Cristóbal Balenciaga, alongside 40 pieces on loan from the Vatican.

Keeping a theme which is associated with religion can create controversy, “We know it could be controversial for right wing or conservative Catholics and for liberal Catholics,” the exhibition’s Head curator Andrew Bolton told The New York Times.

He continued, explaining that the exhibition will focus “on a shared hypothesis about what we call the Catholic imagination and the way it has engaged artists and designers and shaped their approach to creativity, as opposed to any kind of theology or sociology.”

Celebrities were aptly dressed as per the theme, sporting papal-inspired gowns, chainmail costumes reminiscent of the Crusades and in singer Katy Perry’s case – oversized angel wings.

Each year, the Met Gala invites celebrities to serve as honorary hosts for the event alongside Anna Wintour. Previous hosts have included Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady.

This year’s hosts are Donatella Versace, Amal Clooney, and Rihanna.