Stars in their “Sunday Best” will be out and about on Monday, May 7th for The 2018 Met Gala. The “Oscars of fashion” has as its theme this year Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. And by all accounts the influence of Catholicism in fashion, might just bubble up some controversy on the order of Madonna playing with all that Catholic iconography during her career to nude dresses strutting down the red carpet of a museum show (with the same name opening at the MET at the same time) that The Vatican has already loaned 40 rare items to.
Nobody can say for sure what Rihanna, Katy Perry and other famous stars will wear to the gala, but this year the MET exhibition is all about the “dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art.” Dolce & Gabbana, Christopher Kane, Jeremy Scott, Versace (Donatella is co-hosting the gala) and Valentino will be among the designers featured. The Vatican as much endorsed specific designers for the exhibition as it contributed pieces, among them a tiara worn by Pope Benedict 14th in the 1600s, made up of 18,000 diamonds and pieces.
The Met Gala seems to serve a dual purpose, one that has much more of a pop resound, the other for fashionistas and fans considered a nice museum outing for the day. Surely, a red carpet event of this magnitude brings out the bloggers and paparazzi in throngs; wake up May 8th and everybody (V.G, included) will be commenting on who wore what. But also the big doings are a big advertisement for just what the Met is showing this year in their exhibit.
No one can say whether the gala or the exhibit will prove more popular as last year’s one-two met punch…or even if it needs to. But a little Catholic-fueled controversy never hurt any worthy cause.