Anna Wintour and a random group of celebrities plan the event each year in collaboration with the curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, and select a theme to showcase. Andrew creates an annual exhibit based on the theme, and the Met Gala is the grand opening. Corporations aka fashion designers’ official companies buy tables and then invite celebrities to be arm candy.
Anyway, now that the AP US History lesson is over, the 2018 theme was announced this week and we’re already predicting it’s going to be a hot mess. It’s titled “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” so really just Beyoncé should show up and everybody else can stay home. The exhibit will “express how Catholic religion not only inspired fashion, but also helped shape it.” I don’t edit , but the Pope’s shapeless white robe doesn’t really qualify as fashion. Is this the Met Gala’s attempts at getting political? Maybe the exhibit will just be a bunch of diamond crosses courtesy of Jay-Z? I have a lot of questions, most of which I’m afraid to put into writing tbh.
Since nobody but Rihanna (and I guess kind of Katy Perry?) dressed for the theme last year, the celebrity ensembles could be more sacrilegious than that time I blacked out on communion wine. I can see Mike Pence’s tweets now. And like, if I make fun of someone’s outfit, are people going to come after me for attacking Christian values? Serious question. This year’s celebrity co-chairs are Amal Clooney, Rihanna, and Donatella Versace, which is honestly the fashion world’s Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We can only hope that Rihanna doesn’t let people into the event who aren’t dressed for the theme (looking at you, Kendall Jenner).
We’ll have to wait for the first Monday in May to see how this goes down, but at least the theme is more imaginative than florals for spring.
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