On May 7th, The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted its annual Met Gala to celebrate the Costume Institute’s new exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The show opens to the public on May 10th—check out a preview of it HERE. Celebrities gathered at the museum in their Sunday best, with some taking the theme to extremes. See below for the most over-the-top looks of the night.
Model Lily Collins played with dark romanticism in a somber black and white dress by Givenchy Haute Couture that evoked the structure and color of a nun’s habit. Her painted-on tears were inspired by the occult, according to her makeup artist, Fiona Stiles. “The crystals were meant to be celestial tears, and the blood-red tear drop was a nod to stigmatas and the tears of the virgins,” she told Popsugar.
Cardi B was fully bedazzled in a glittery Moschino gown and crown. Jennifer Lopez took a similar, albeit more pared down, approach in a a Balmain dress featuring a large jeweled cross on the bodice.
Model Cara Delevigne wore a sheer paneled gown by Dior Haute Couture and a matching crown cascading with beads. Zendaya channeled the Crusades with her armor-inspired outfit made of chainmail-like fabric. Solange Knowles wore a sculptural latex dress by the typically avant-garde designer Iris Van Herpen. Her headpiece, paired with a durag, was a contemporary take on the gold leaf halos often used in religious paintings.
Katy Perry paired angel wings larger than her body with her gold Versace dress and over-the-knee boots. Rihanna, one of the night’s hosts, went all-out in a custom outfit by Maison Martin Margiela and matching Pope’s hat.
R&B singer SZA looked angelic in a fluffy tulle gown by Atelier Versace and delicate halo crown. Rosie Huntington Whiteley took a similar approach in a gold dress by Ralph Lauren and simple halo headpiece. “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman was one of the few male attendees who dressed on-theme in a gilded Versace suit and cape adorned with crosses.
Unsurprisingly, Sarah Jessica Parker took the night’s theme to heart and wore an elaborate Dolce & Gabbana gown and gravity-defying headpiece. 2018 Oscar darlings Frances McDormand and Greta Gerwig sported voluminous floor-length looks by Valentino and The Row, respectively.
Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto sparked dating rumors when they showed up at the Met Gala together in matching outfits by Gucci. Scarlett Johansson ignited controversy when she showed up wearing a gown by Marchesa, the label founded by Harvey Weinstein‘s ex-wife Georgina Chapman. Marchesa’s success is largely credited to Weinstein, who would allegedly pressure actresses into wearing the brand on the red carpet. Johansson is the first major celebrity to publicly wear Marchesa after the Weinstein allegations broke.