This year’s Met Gala quickly became notorious for having a pretty controversial theme—that's what happens when you choose “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” as your focus—and many were concerned that the red carpet fashion would stray into gauche territory, with celebrities scandalizing just for the sake of scandalizing (barely there "naked dresses" are a mainstay of Met’s Gala red carpet, after all). But instead, the fashion at this year's gala was on-point, sartorially rousing, and, even, heavenly.
A big part of the exhibit—the Costume Institute’s largest to date—focused on couture inspired by Catholic iconography from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Cristobal Balenciaga, so it makes sense that some of these names came up on the red carpet as well. The theme demanded attire that was gilded, transcendental, and worthy of worship—and celebrities delivered with their Sunday best.
Rosaries, adorned crosses, papal-inspired silhouttes, and halo-like headpieces (so many headpieces!) all made their way down the red carpet on the likes of celebrities like Lily Collins and Cardi B. A few people embraced the theme even more wholeheartedly, showing up dressed like literal servants of the God (Greta Gerwig) and nuns-turned-queen of the nights (Bella Hadid). More unexpected were the chain mail-inspired getups seen on real-life warriors Zendaya and Janelle Monáe.
Ahead, see some of our favorite looks from the night.
“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 10.
Rihanna became our new Pope in this stunning Maison Margiela ensemble complete with a clergy hat and cape. We bow at the altar of her sartorial greatness.