Words by Christine Breslin
May 5th, 2018
Couture houses are holding their last made to measure fittings, culminating intricate hand embroidered details and finalising their whimsical yet, dramatic beauty looks for attendees who will descend the granite Met steps this Monday. Marking the 70th Annual Costume Institute Gala, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exclusive benefit will not only reveal the iconic style of celebrities and the industry archetypes but, also launch their highly anticipated, and most controversial, exhibition to date.
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination has been chosen to represent the innovative discourse between religious iconography and its influence on fashion. The event, chaired by Anna Wintour, will interlace 40 of the Vatican’s sacramental vestments and Catholic-inspired ensembles by multitudinous designers such as Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balenciaga, John Galliano, Valentino and Donatella Versace.
For €25,000 per ticket, over 500 of fashion and entertainment’s prime will transcend 15 papacies and interpretive designs throughout three mammoth exhibition spaces curated by Andrew Bolton- the Anna Wintour Costume Centre, the Medieval Galleries and the Cloisters located throughout Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Former galas have incalculably flourished in the world’s largest fine art museum with themes such as “Alexander McQueen: Savage Garden”, “Punk Chaos To Couture”, “China Through the Looking Glass” and last year’s amalgamation of “Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garçons”. Last year, the ‘avant-garde’ theme manifested Kendall Jenner’s risqué La Perla un-fabric moment, Katy Perry’s experimental red wedding ‘Witness’ launch as well as Cara Delevingne’s statement metallic scalp.
This year, red carpet royalty co-hosts Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace will lead the multifaceted, sometimes tangential, interpretation of culture, politics and the sacred. These universal subjects assure overzealous debate amongst the beautifully assembled Met congregation.
Await ‘Good over evil; and love, over hatred’ this Met Gala Monday.
The 2018 Met Gala will take place on the 7th of May in NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and will be available to view exclusively on E! Entertainment and across Condé Nast platforms.
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