There’s Christmas. There’s Fashion Week. Then there’s the Met Gala, which effortlessly makes my top 3 list of favourite seasons. This year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” encouraged attendees to wear their Sunday best…and did they ever!
Pictured: Rihanna in Maison Margiela, Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta, Ariana Grande in Vera Wang
Flirting with controversy, Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton eloquently redefined the deep connection between faith and fashion, sanctioning the affirmation of identity that comes with religious dress. Vogue reported: “the intersection of faith and fashion, the sacred and profane, as it were, has not always been easy—‘complex and sometimes contested’ is how Bolton characterizes the relationship—but the interplay between the two has inspired some awe-inspiring sartorial innovation.”
Pictured: Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Ralph Lauren, Blake Lively in Versace, Jennifer Lopez in Balmain
Usually, there are only a few standouts (ie: Patron Saint of the Met Gala, Queen Rihanna) who passionately adhere to the theme of the evening, but this was one of the most on-theme Met Galas in recent years.
Pictured: Mary-Kate Olsen in Paco Rabanne, Ashley Olsen in Paco Rabanne, Kim Kardashian in Versace, Olivia Munn in H&M
It is abundantly clear that the Met Gala is inherently one of, if not, the most important day of the year in the fashion world. It marks a new age in the fashion calendar. Everyone who attends is given the opportunity to meet the theme if they so choose and in doing so, explore who they are in the most extravagant and unique of ways.
Pictured: Gigi Hadid in Versace, Cardi B in Moschino, SZA in Versace
As I tuned in to the action on the red carpet via social media and Vogue, the word “art” was a constant in my reactions to each look. It made me realize that the Met isn’t just any event. For those of you who dig fashion and simultaneously appreciate design and/or history, the Met Gala is the end-all-be-all of visual masterpieces that place imagination and creativity at the forefront. There’s simply nothing like it and I can’t wait for what next year will bring!
Pictured: Jasmine Sanders in H&M, Winnie Harlow in Tommy Hilfiger, Solange in Iris Van Herpen
What were your favourite looks at this year’s Met Gala? Let us know in the comments!
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