This Year's Most Eye-Catching Met Gala Looks

Divine designs was the theme
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2018 12:31 AM CDT
This Year's Most Eye-Catching Met Gala Looks
Rihanna attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Divine designs floated up the red carpet at Monday's religion-themed Met Gala in shimmering golds, reds, and fuchsia; in crowns and in crosses; and even a pair of giant wings. One lesson of the night: If anyone can make a mitre modern, it's Rihanna. The Grammy-winning artist arrived dripping in pearls and crystals in a Maison Margiela by John Galliano minidress, ornate robe, and beaded papal headgear. The annual fundraising fete in New York brings out Hollywood's elite for an evening of fashion and charity and to celebrate the spring exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute—this year, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." Other standout looks, per the AP:

  • Supermodel Gigi Hadid arrived in a one-shouldered, beaded Versace gown seemingly inspired by stained-glass windows.
  • Zendaya was a fierce Versace warrior princess in armor-like layers and delicate chainmail fabric inspired by Joan of Arc.

  • Katy Perry rose to the occasion of the night's theme challenge with larger-than-life feathered angel wings, metallic boots, and a dress by Versace.
  • If Perry looked to the heavens for inspiration, Nicki Minaj seemed to peer in the other direction with a sequined Oscar de La Renta gown in vibrant shades of red and maroon.
  • Stars also channeled the theme with shimmering gold fabrics, and, of course, crosses. Jennifer Lopez, who picked a colorful Balmain number with a feathered train and sky-high slit, had a bejeweled cross emblazoned on her chest. Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman wore an ivory cape featuring crosses in gold beadwork.
  • Kim Kardashian West wore her cross on a shimmering gold Versace dress. Other Kardashian family members at the event included matriarch Kris Jenner in a high-collared, feathery concoction and Kylie Jenner in a long, strapless black gown featuring a torso cut-out.
  • As always, there was a sea of spectacular trains, like Diane Kruger's sky-blue Prabal Gurung number. Bella Hadid held court as a gothic priestess as her gold-embroidered headpiece-train fanned out over a simple black corset and skirt by Chrome Hearts Official. Rita Ora's massive train trailed behind as photographers frantically snapped pictures of her elaborate, spiked headdress.

  • Always on-point Sarah Jessica Parker chose her gown and headdress from a series of drawings by Dolce & Gabbana. The intricate headpiece was a Neapolitan nativity altar made to scale by the Italian design house.
  • Scarlett Johansson arrived in Marchesa—the fashion brand owned by Georgina Chapman, the estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein. The brand, once a red carpet staple, had been absent on carpets at the Academy Awards and other high-profile events, and Johansson offered no comment on why she chose to wear it.
  • This year's co-chairs included Vogue's Anna Wintour, Amal Clooney, and Donatella Versace. Clooney arrived early in a striking silver corseted top, navy slacks and a cascading metallic, rose-patterned skirt.
  • Wintour arrived in a beaded off-white Chanel gown and a cross necklace alongside her daughter, Bee Shaffer. The highly influential Vogue editor, the gala's longtime head, was asked if this was her last Met gala; there have been unconfirmed rumors she is leaving her post. "I hope not," she replied.
(More Met Gala stories.)

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