The ten heavenly looks that saved the Met Gala
This year, religion and Catholicism has been paired together to create the holy theme of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
Many graced the red carpet of the highly anticipated Met Gala and overall, the turnout of outfits was a success as majority stayed true to the theme.
There were definitely the few who invested extra effort and stood out from the crowd, showcasing heavenly looks that blessed the red carpet.
1. Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey commanded everyone’s attention with her Gucci custom ensemble. Covered in iconography, Lana donned a wing-embellished halo and a daggered heart adornment, channelling Mother Mary and her seven sorrows. Matching with Jared Leto and Gucci creative director, Alessandro Michele, they were the ultimate holy trinity.
2. Lily Collins
Lily Collins graced us in Givenchy as a gothic nun. The all-black look proved to us that one can be simplistic, yet still very spot-on with the theme. With one red tear underneath the right eye, Collins subtly captures the melancholy beauty of art that inspired this year’s theme.
3. Darren Criss
While most men played it safe, 'Glee' star Darren Criss was another exception in his Dolce and Gabbana sequined jacket. With his own face sequined on the left of the jacket, Criss hinted that he was a deity of his own.
4. Blake Lively
Blake Lively looked like a Renaissance painting come to life in her opulent ruby-red gown by Atelier Versace. With a jewel-encrusted bodice and intricate beading, this dress reportedly took 600 hours to make and a party bus to transport Lively to the venue. Undoubtedly, everything paid off because she looked like royalty.
5. Chadwick Boseman
In a sea of black suits embellished with small crucifixes, Chadwick Boseman stole the spotlight with his all-white Pope-esque attire. The golden embroidery of crucifixes and red tassels tied this look together perfectly. I guess you could say that it was a fit for a king.
6. Cardi B
Cardi B graced the red carpet dripping in pearls of Moschino. Her dress, choker and headpiece were encrusted with ornate jewels that matched her partner-in-crime, Jeremy Scott. The mother-to-be flaunted her baby’s bump, resembling a radiant Mother Mary. Let’s just say sticking to the religious theme was definitely her prerogative!
7. Lena Waithe
Instead of embodying literal motifs of God and Catholicism, Lena Waithe interpreted the theme more personally as a queer woman of colour. She donned a bold rainbow cape of pride, unscathed by the Catholic Church and their known relationship with the LGBTQ+ community.
Solange was another attendee that channelled goth vibes in her exquisite structural Iris van Herpern dress. Wearing a halo headpiece paired with a du-rag, Solange’s ensemble paid respects to African religious figures.
9. Kate Bosworth
Pure in all imagery, Kate Bosworth resembled Virgin Mary with her white Oscar De La Renta gown, paired perfectly with her pearl-encrusted veil. Very angelic.
Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete with Rihanna. Every year, Rihanna continues to amaze us with her looks, and this year is no different with her Pope-esque Margiela custom by John Galliano. Avid Galliano fans would know that the cream bejewelled gown was a re-conceptualised piece from one of his 2000 Dior collections. With her bejewelled papal tiara, everyone knew who to bow down to.
With different looks from Renaissance-esque gowns to rainbow capes, self-expression was as powerful as ever. These attendees took on the theme fearlessly while still staying true to their personal styles, and heavenly they looked, indeed!
Words: Jen Qian
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