HEAV­ENLY FASH­ION

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

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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

Ver­sace.

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).

Gigi Ha­did

Scar­lett Jo­hans­son

Zen­daya

Uma Thurman

Katy Perry

Bee Shaf­fer

Olivia Munn

Kim Kar­dashian

Hailee Ste­in­feld

Amal Clooney Ri­hanna

Sarah Jes­sica Parker

Blake Lively

On the cover: Gigi Ha­did

Rita Ora

Madonna

Emilia Clarke

Jen­nifer Lopez

Kerry Wash­ing­ton

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