The Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest event on the fashion fundraising calendar. Founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the benefit was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York’s high society. In its modern incarnation, the most famous faces from the realms of fashion, film, music and art come together to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of its latest exhibition. The night is centered on the theme of the new exhibition, with previous themes encompassing everything from Manus x Machina and Punk: Chaos to Couture to China: Through the Looking Glass. This year’s exhibition theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination will feature some 40 Vatican vestments and accessories spanning 15 papacies, which curator Andrew Bolton is said to have visited at least 10 times to secure pieces which have never left the Vatican’s possession before. Items such as Pope Benedict XV’s white silk cape embroidered with gold thread and the pointed bishop’s hat of Pope Leo XIII, will go on display alongside pieces by Coco Chanel, who was educated by nuns, John Galliano, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Donatella Versace, who is a sponsor of the exhibition.
The Met Gala 2018 theme is being cited as the Met’s most controversial yet, owing to the positioning of these fashion garments alongside sacred artefacts. Bolton, however, has defended his curation: “Some might consider fashion to be an unfitting or unseemly medium by which to engage with ideas about the sacred or the divine, but dress is central to any discussion about religion,” he said at a press conference in Rome. “It affirms religious allegiances and, by extension, it asserts religious differences.”
HASHTAG METGALAHEAVENLYBODIES is the theme of the NIGHT! We can not WAIT to see just how LITERAL and FIGURATIVE the CELEBS who grace the carpet will take it TONIGHT!
Beyonce’s looks over the YEARS….
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) May 7, 2018
W.W.R.W.–What Will Rihanna Wear? RiRi has been like the QUEEN of LOOKS at the METgala for some time now.. It will be interesting to see just HOW FAR she will take it this year!
This year’s #MetGala theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”.