GODDESSES, ANGELS AND A POPE INSPIRED MET GALA WAS HELD IN NEW YORK BRINGING IN THE MOST ELITE HOLLYWOOD ACTORS, MUSIC SUPERSTARS, TOP MODELS AND FASHION DESIGNERS
Goddesses, angels and a pope inspired Met gala was held in New York bringing in the most elite Hollywood actors, music superstars, top models and fashion designers
Held every year on the irst Monday in May, the blacktie extravaganza
is the chief source of income for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, reportedly raising more than $12 million (Dhs44.07m) in 2017.
The gathering of A-list models, musicians and movie stars, dubbed “the Oscars of the East Coast,” saw Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace join Vogue supremo Anna Wintour as this year’s co-chairs.
Tickets are said to cost $30,000 (Dhs110,195) each or $275,000 (Dhs1.01m) for a table, but all guests must be invited, ruling out all but the most elite Hollywood actors, music superstars, top models and fashion designers.
If A-listers have shunned the theme in the past, this year’s
“Sunday Best,” a nod to the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition at The Costume Institute, proved popular.
Katy Perry came as an archangel, Rihanna dressed like the pope, and Kim Kardashian was a golden goddess for New York’s Met gala on a night of high fashion inspired by religion.
Bejewelled crosses, veils and halo-inspired headdresses ruled on the red carpet with its celebrity guest list and stunning outits.
From saints to sinners, guests took to heart the 2018 theme.
Although some commentators had feared the Catholic theme might yield the most controversial Met gala ever, most of the actors, models and music stars stayed on the right side of propriety in colours of red, white, gold and black.
Barbadian superstar and one of the biggest pop stars on the planet Rihanna, sported a headturning, jewel-encrusted mitre with matching mini-dress and a priestly-style cape designed by Maison Margiela.
Katy Perry wowed in enormous, feathered sixfoot high white wings teamed with a Versace gold mini-dress paired with thigh-high gold boots.
The invitation-only Met gala is a fundraising beneit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition.
The 2018 exhibit shows how Catholicism has inluenced fashion and designers through the decades and features more than 50 vestments and other religious items direct from the Vatican. Madonna, the Catholic girl from Michigan and queen of pop whose
1989 hit Like a Prayer remains a dance-loor classic 30 years later, presided over the “Sunday Best” theme
Sex and the City actress and a doyenne of New York high society Sarah Jessica Parker opted for a gold Dolce & Gabbana gown embroidered with sacred hearts and a towering nativity scene headpiece.
Jennifer Lopez chose a Balmain dress, split to the hip, with a large cross across the breast and a black-feathered train.
Model Bella Hadid was among those opting for the darker side of religion, wearing a Chrome Hearts black latex and leather outit with long black gloves, and a black veil trailing to the loor.
Actors Olivia Munn,
Zendaya and Priyanka Chopra went for Crusades-inspired chainmail outits, while Black
Panther star Chadwick Boseman was among the few men going avantgarde in an ivory cape with gold beaded crosses, an embellished suit, and gold coloured shoes.
Amal Clooney, the international human rights lawyer and this month’s Vogue cover star, wore the pants as she arrived on the arm of her movie star husband George, dressed in blue cigarette trousers with a strapless bustier and voluminous skirt by up-and-coming Briton, Richard Quinn.
Other guests chose looks ranging from heavenly white (Dakota Fanning) to angelic yellow (Amanda Seyfried) and skin-baring black lace (Zoe Kravitz).
Amal Clooney Rihanna
Sarah Jessica Parker
On the cover: Gigi Hadid