The first Monday in May is easily the most anticipated day in fashion. The MET Costume Gala is bigger and more exclusive than the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes combined and is a night of pure opulence and celebrity. Anna Wintour, Vogue Editor in Chief, has been chairing the gala for over a decade and the event has gotten more star-studded and glamorous with each passing year. Theoretically, you could buy your way in (tickets to the event start at $30,000), there’s nothing like being hand selected by Anna herself. Each year, the theme for the show is based around the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest collection, and this year’s theme was quite controversial: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
Anytime you mix religion and fashion you’re sure to turn some heads, Exorcist-style. Though we live in a society where we constantly push to keep church and state completely separated, there’s no denying the impact religion plays in society and culture. But surprisingly enough the show and theme were cosigned by the Vatican and given the official seal of approval. The Catholic Church is trying to rebrand itself, turning from it's rigid doctrine to a more open and worldly approach thanks in large to efforts of the current Pope. With that being said the show explored the influence of the Catholic faith on fashion throughout history. With Rihanna acting as co-chair for the night, heads were sure to turn.
The smallest details made the biggest difference such as using a white carpet this year instead of the traditional red and the use of accessories to bring looks to life. There were a wide range of looks displayed this year from simple elegance to dramatic ensembles. A few standouts were Lena Waithe’s rainbow flag cape, Rihanna’s papal inspired ensemble, Miley's simple elegance and Chadwick Boseman’s beaded tuxedo.
Who were you standout style stars of the gala? Check out the gallery below for some of my favorite looks of the evening: