The 2018 Met Gala happened last night, which means the Met Gala red carpet happened last night, which means we have a LOT of dresses to talk about. This year’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” I had some thoughts about this. Fortunately, most VIP attendees did the theme remarkably well (and nobody showed up dressed like a Catholic schoolgirl, which would have been a travesty). So let’s get to judging!
Blake Lively looked regal in a long velvet gown with heavy embroidery. Burgundy and gold were all over the carpet, and Blake did it the best of all of them. I’m getting major “Queen Isabella of Spain” vibes here and I don’t hate it. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Amal Clooney is one of the few outfits that didn’t look medieval, Byzantine, or Baroque (not that those are bad things!) She opted for silk instead of velvet, pants instead of a dress, and she looks gorgeous. Look at George’s reaction. We are all George, standing in awe of Amal.
And then Rihanna arrived and everyone spontaneously converted to Catholicism. Can you even imagine how heavy that outfit must be? She’s carrying so much beading! She also gets points for wearing a headpiece different from the 1,001 golden halos seen at this event. The mitre is a bold choice and she owns it.
Kylie Jenner had 2,000 years of Catholic history to choose from, and she wore this. It starts of trendy at the top with those half-moon sunglasses, down to the cutout on the torso, then a hint of detailing on the side, and then turns into a long black gown. With black hose. Yikes.
Janelle Monae is the halo’d icon we do not deserve. The gown is Sixties Mod, the headpiece is Joan of Arc, and the hat is how Catholics drew halos for the first 1,300 years of this religion. Somehow, she makes it all look cohesive.
Stella Maxwell, I don’t know who you are and I don’t particularly care, but your dress might be my favorite of the night. It’s loudly Catholic without being offensive (to me, at least…I’m sure I’ll get angry tweets about this) and it manages to achieve high drama without a train or headpiece.
Kendall Jenner, like her sister, totally forgot the theme. She put on ridiculous pants, a corset top, and then wrapped her arms and upper body in a curtain liner from her hotel room, apparently.
Gigi Hadid is a perfect stained glass window. It sort of looks like a butterfly wing, but she still gets credit here because butterflies are also a religious symbol of the Resurrection. You don’t see them super often in Catholic art, and maybe I’m thinking harder than Gigi did about this dress, but the gold thread creates rays of light across it and I’m a fan.
Sarah Jessica Parker really tried to stick with the theme…by staging a nativity in her hair. Like I’m sure the dress and the headpiece took immense effort to create, but it seems kind of lazy on her part to go “what’s a Christian thing? Nativities. Imma stick one on my head. Boom, nailed it.”
And that’s the fashion story of this year’s Met Gala. Tweet me your yea’s and nay’s! The photos are incredible, and I can hardly imagine the amount of detailed construction work that went into these gowns. Fashion’s biggest night did not disappoint, and I’m hoping to see the Vatican’s exhibit at The Met next time I’m in New York!