This year’s incredible show, the Met Gala, which took place at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute had Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination as a theme. The celebrities who attended the event struggled to follow this theme, but not all of them managed to. The religious theme triggered a bunch of crazy outfits, full of crosses and colors that one would normally associate with the church. For example, singer Ariana Grande wore an impressive dress about which she said was meant as a representation of the back wall of the Sistine Chapel.
Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton struggled to get the approval of the Catholic Church for the event which ended up lending over 40 items for the exhibition. One of those was a papal tiara, made out of 18,000 diamonds, which flew to New York accompanied by a bodyguard. It’s no secret that the annual Met Gala is the fanciest event in the world. The red carpet is usually followed by cocktails, dinner, and finally, a dessert buffet. Back in 2004, now President Donald Trump proposed to his wife, Melania, at the event. A ticket costs $30,000. However, you cannot simply buy one because Anna Wintour, the artistic director of Condé Nast, has to approve the attendees herself.
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A church-inspired Met Gala
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Walking the red carpet, supermodel Bella Hadid admitted that this is one of the most important red carpets of the entire year. Ariana Rockefeller, David Rockefeller Jr.’s daughter, wore a dress inspired from a tapestry at the Cloisters Museum, which her great-grandfather John D. Rockefeller founded.
But there cannot be grandeur without pain, and actress Olivia Munn figured this out on her own. She needed to be sewn on the way to the event and was bleeding slightly. Singer Rihanna dressed almost exactly as a female pope the Vatican will probably never have, while Zendaya’s outfit was inspired by Joan of Arc.
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