The first Monday in May has come and gone, leaving behind another chapter of iconic Met Gala looks. This star-studded event is heralded as the biggest night in fashion. Celebrities walk the red carpet in droves, all trying to steal the show and claim the title of best dressed.
Raising money for the Costume Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, those lucky enough to receive a ticket to the event are invited to explore the latest exhibition. In fact, in order to celebrate the fashion on display in the galleries, gala guests are highly encouraged to dress with the theme.
2015 honored China’s influence on Western fashion with “China: Through The Looking Glass;” 2016’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” brought loads of metallic to the red carpet; and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” in 2017 allowed guests to model the designer’s most beautiful and obscure creations.
This year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” produced godly outfits, papal hats and angelic fascinators. Celebrities interpreted this theme in different ways and many were able to elegantly display fine craftsmanship and creativity atop their heads.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Met Gala veteran and dedicated theme follower, Sarah Jessica Parker’s looks rarely disappoint. Her extravagant gowns are usually paired with even more extravagant headpieces and this year was no exception.
This year, Parker opted for a gilded gown with red heart accents and a massive train designed by Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. And on her head? An ornate gold cage with a colorful nativity scene inside.
Parker spoke to E! on the red carpet saying, “I am inspired by the themes. One can only do your best.”
The actress received some criticism for her lavish, unique look, however, one can’t deny that both she and the fashion house took fashion and the Catholic imagination to the next level.
Rihanna and the Met Gala practically go hand in hand. The singer also commits to the theme year after year and fans and fashion critics eagerly await her red carpet arrival. As a co-host of the event, Rihanna attended the gala dressed as a high fashion pope. From her robe to her headpiece, she exuded couture godliness from head to toe.
The look was designed by Margiela and featured a jewel-encrusted strapless mini dress, robe and matching papal mitre made by Stephen Jones. After the event, a radio interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan sparked rumors that the singer borrowed the mitre from the cardinal. However, this heavenly work of art was designed by Margiela as well, and unfortunately does not belong to the cardinal – although that would have made the singer’s look even better than it already was, if that’s even possible.
While Academy-award winning actress Frances McDormand didn’t quite follow the theme as well as some other attendees, her headpiece caught the attention of the photographers that lined the stairs.
McDormand’s look was straight off the Valentino Spring 2018 runway and made her nearly unrecognizable at the beginning of the event. Her turquoise cape, which allowed her chartreuse colored dress to peek through, was understated compared to the turquoise leaves that swarmed her face. The Philip Treacy headpiece was beautifully chaotic, iconic and unlike anything else displayed on the carpet that night.
With the Met Gala, nearly anything goes. The event gives designers and attendees the opportunity to experiment with fashion and watch as their hard work gets admired by the world.
Some celebrities opted for simple halos and veils, while others chose decadent crowns. One thing is for certain, some looks without headpieces felt unfinished and hats stole the show.
About the Author
Maggie Kreienberg is a contributing editor at BRIDES Magazine and is currently based in New York City. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in public relations in 2019.