The Met Gala is a annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is one of the biggest nights of fashion as celebrities, models and fashion designers dress up to ascend the stairs of the Metropolitan, celebrating the fashion industry.
Since 1948, the Met Gala incorporates a certain theme where designers create fashion for celebrities to wear celebrating the theme. This year’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. Some celebrities did an exceptional job interpreting the theme with their fashion; others just didn’t make the cut. Let’s take a look at the best and worst dressed celebrities of the big night.
Rihanna proved that she’s the undisputed queen of the Met Gala, wearing a avant-grande Jason Galliano dress paired with a layered Mason Margiela coat. The outfit took it to the next level of interpreting the “Heavenly Bodies” theme with its exquisitely detailed construction.
Cardi B came through dripping in an custom Moschino gown, walking alongside Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott. Cardi’s entire dress, gloves, choker, and headpiece were covered in beads and ornate jewels. Combined with a high slit and satin over-skirt, Cardi glowed on the red carpet with a impressive religious and regal ensemble.
Zendaya payed homage to Joan of Arc in a custom metallic Versace gown. The gown greatly represents the armor women wore during medieval times with its elegant armor-like collar and shoulder cut-outs.
The mega-star of “Black Panther” cape-tivated the red carpet with a Versace suit. The suit’s ornate gold crosses and ivory hues took closely to theme and made Boseman one of the few men to razzle the crowd.
Ariana wore a Vera Vang gown that has images of the Sistine Chapel. The gown was inspired by artist Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement”. Ariana topped the dress with a bow to give it a romantic and soft appeal appeal, staying true to her aesthetic.
Best Dressed: Headpieces
One theme that meshed well with the overall theme of “Heavenly Bodies” was over-the-top, intricate headpieces. These celebrities wore headpieces that greatly complemented their dresses.
With her hair slicked back in a timeless bun, Collins wore a black halo crown paired with a black sheer Givenchy gown to create the ultimate future Catholic goth girl look.
Solange combines a durag–yes, a durag–with a gold halo headpiece. Always pushing the fashion envelope, Solange took on a futuristic risk of channeling the “Heavenly Bodies” theme in a successful way.
SZA stunned everyone at the Met Gala wearing a celestial headpiece paired with a custom pink Versace gown. Like Solange, SZA went in a different direction of the “Heavenly Bodies” theme with a soft and astral way.
Nicki went on the dark side wearing a bejeweled Tiffany & Co. headpiece that matched well with a custom red-hot Oscar De La Renta Gown.
Kendall wore an all white, Off-White jumpsuit. While the jumpsuit is elegant, Kendall failed to interpret any part of the theme into her outfit and rather just looks plain.
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The “Blackish” actress made a bold statement in a fushia Michael Kors gown. Again, the dress doesn’t fit into the theme of “Heavenly Bodies”.
Shailene get a “E” for effort for interpreting the “Heavenly Bodies” theme in a Ralph Lauren dress, However, the dress is too stiff and heavy on Woodley, not flattering her body.
Overall, celebrities followed the theme by adding their own aesthetic and elements in to custom-made. The Met Gala is meant to take risks and truly portray fashion as an art form. As far as celebs who didn’t make the cut, next time takes notes from the Met Gala queen Rihanna and others; study the theme carefully and channel it the best way you can; don’t sell yourself short.
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