On Monday, like every first Monday of May, the Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – the biggest event on the fashion fundraising calendar – presented “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in three locations, i.e. the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and uptown the Cloisters.
The theme of the exhibition this year is meant to highlight the unending influence of religion and the liturgical apparels on fashion, which is here placed within “the broader context of religious artistic production” (i.e. along with the other artworks at the museum) explained Costume Institute curator in charge Andrew Bolton to Vogue. He added that the show is focusing on how “material Christianity” has contributed to shaping “the Catholic imagination.”, even though the relation between the two has always been “complex and sometimes contested”, he told the fashion magazine.
Originally founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the event was first held in 1948 to encourage donations from New-York’s high society. As of today, the Met Gala rubs shoulders with the most famous celebrities of the film, music, art, and fashion industries, who all gather this one night to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute and celebrate – with great pomp – the grand opening of its latest exhibition.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the night began, as usual, with cocktails finely sipped on the red carpet, a tour of the new exhibition, and dinner. This year, the guests were treated to a surprise performance by pop queen Madonna, who opened with a very fitting version of “Like A Prayer.”, while from our homes across the globe we were enjoying the incredible attires, divinely worn by the most eminent faces of the celebs’ cosmos – a flock of opulent dresses, from which I’ve selected my favourites of this 2018 edition.
Lily Collins wearing Givenchy
Blake Lively wearing Versace
Amal Clooney wearing Richard Quinn
Emma Stone wearing Louis Vuitton
Amanda Seyfried wearing Prada
Gigi Hadid wearing Versace
Hayley Baldwin wearing custom Tommy Hilfiger with Tiffany & Co. jewellery
Anne Hathaway wearing Valentino Haute Couture
Alexa Chung wearing Alexachung
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” is on view May 10–October 8, 2018
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