MET GALA 2018 REVIEW

HEAVENLY BODIES: FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION REVIEW

BEFORE WE GET INTO THE GARMENTS THAT GRACED THE RED CARPET, WHAT EXACTLY IS THE MET GALA AND WHY DOES IT HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?

ESSENTIALLY THE MET GALA IS ONE OF FASHION’S BIGGEST FUNDRAISING EVENTS BY THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA AT NEW YORK’S FAMOUS METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. IT WAS FIRST HELD IN 1948 BY ELEANOR LAMBERT, NOW IT WELCOMES FASHION, MUSIC, ART, AND FILM TO RAISE MONEY AND WELCOME NEW EXHIBITIONS. ONCE A YEAR THE NIGHT IS CENTRED AROUND ONE THEME, AN EXAMPLE OF PREVIOUS ONES IS PUNK: CHAOS TO COUTURE, CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND NOW THIS YEAR WE ARE INTRODUCED TO HEAVENLY BODIES: FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION.

ANNA WINTOUR HAS CHAIRED THE EVENT SINCE 1995, AND CHOOSES PUBLIC FIGURES TO HELP AS THE EVENT’S CO-CHAIRS. THIS YEAR WAS THE EVENT’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY AND WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE DONATELLA VERSACE, RIHANNA, AND AMAL CLOONEY AS CO-CHAIRS FOR THE ICONIC EVENT.

I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CELEBRITIES CROSS THE RED CARPET, AND THIS YEAR ACCORDING TO VOGUE THE CELEBS “EXPLORE THE NEW EXHIBITION, BEFORE SITTING DOWN FOR DINNER”, THEY ARE THEN “TREATED TO A SURPRISE PERFORMANCE BY MADONNA” WHO RECREATED ‘LIKE A PRAYER’.  THE GUESTS ARE INTRODUCED TO THREE VENUES WITHIN THE GALLERY: THE FIRST WAS THE ANNA WINTOUR COSTUME CENTER, THE MEDIEVAL GALLERIES AT THE MAIN AREA OF THE MET AND LASTLY THE CLOISTERS.

 

 

 

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THE EXHIBITION WILL INCLUDE THE SPONSORSHIP OF PIECES SHOWCASING THE INFLUENCE OF RELIGION ON FASHION FROM DONATELLA VERSACE, CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA, AND STEPHEN A. SCHWARZMAN AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM CONDE NAST! A DISPLAY OF ROUGHLY 150 DESIGNER PIECES BY COCO CHANEL, ONE WEDDING DRESS INSPIRED BY A COMMUNION GOWN, VALENTINO COUTURE DRESSES INSPIRED BY FRANCISCO DI ZURBARAN’S PAINTINGS OF MONK ROBES AND JOHN GALLIANO. HIS FALL 2000 COLLECTION FOR DIOR WAS OPENED BY A FIGURE LIKE POPE WHO WALKED DOWN THE RUNWAY ALONGSIDE A VOICE DEPICTING “UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF LOVE”.

THE THEME HAS ALREADY BEEN SEEN AS THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL YET, HOWEVER FASHION HAS ALWAYS INCLUDED THE ART OF RELIGION IN IT’S COLLECTIONS. CELEBRATING THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS, THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CHURCH BUILDINGS AND ATTRIBUTES OF CATHOLICISM.

IN MY OPINION BEST DRESSED, BELONGS TO THOSE WHO FOLLOWED THE THEME IN THE MOST INTRIGUING WAY.

  • AS ALWAYS, WE WAIT IN ANTICIPATION FOR RIHANNA WHO ALWAYS SETS THE BAR SO HIGH, ESPECIALLY AFTER HER PAST MET GALA LOOKS OF GUO PEI/CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND COMME DES GARCONS/REI KAWAKUBO: ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN. THIS YEAR RIHANNA WON THE MET GALA ONCE AGAIN, DRESSED AS THE POPE, I MEAN DID YOU HEAR ME? BADGALRIRI REALLY CAME AS THE POPE!!!!! SORRY I’M CURRENTLY RE-ARRANGING MY WIG, THAT SHE STOLE! IN MAISON MARGIELA BY JOHN GALLIANO DAZZLED IN 18,000 DIAMONDS, PEARL AND JEWELED ROBE. AS WELL AS A MATCHING PAPAL MITRE AND NECKLACE, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS (OF COURSE) I MEAN COME ON HAVE YOU SEEN THE ANKLE DETAIL OF THAT HEEL?

 

 

 

  • ALESSANDRO MICHELE, LANA DEL REY, AND JARED LETO A TRIO TO DIE FOR! ALL DRESSED IN GUCCI HEAD TO TOE AND THEY LOOKED DIVINE. I WAS IN AWE OF THE EMBROIDERY AND DETAIL OF THE MEN’S SUITS AND LANA DEL REY’S DRESS. AND LET’S NOT FORGET LANA DEL REY’S HEADPIECE, THE COLOUR, DETAIL AND SIZE DREW SO MUCH ATTENTION TO HER WHOLE APPEARANCE. THEY MEMORISED THE THEME, AND DELIVERED!

 

 

 

  • CHADWICK BOSEMAN, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, AND ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK! CHADWICK BOSEMAN! HE CAME TO STEAL HEARTS AND BEST-LOOKING MAN BECAUSE HIS WHOLE SUIT WAS MESMERIZING AND I HOPE YOU ALL SAW THE VIDEO OF HIS HAIR GLISTENING! WHAT A MAN! WEARING ALL WHITE, IN CUSTOM ATELIER VERSACE, HE WAS IN A TUXEDO WITH GOLD BEADING, A MATCHING CROSS CAPE WITH JEWELS. HIS HANDS ALONE WERE A STAPLE PIECE WITH LARGE GOLD RINGS ON. EXTRA OR NOT BUT I DON’T THINK I’M GETTING OVER THIS LOOK ANYTIME SOON!

 

 

 

  • ZENDAYA NEVER DISAPPOINTS WHEN IT COMES TO THE MET GALA, AND THIS YEAR SHE CAME EVEN BETTER AS THE SAINT JOAN OF ARC, IN A CUSTOM VERSACE GOWN, METALLIC AND FEATURING A NECK AND SHOULDER PIECE, A SPIKED BELT AND A TRAIN. ZENDAYA DIDN’T STOP THERE, BUT ALSO ADOPTED A BOBBED WIG SIMILAR TO THE MAID OF ORLEANS. HER ENERGY AND FINAL PHOTOGRAPHS ALMOST LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS ACTING THE ROLE IN A MOVIE, SHE TRULY IS PHENOMENAL AND BROUGHT A NICE TWIST TO THE MET.

 

 

 

  • I’M SORRY BUT BLAKE LIVELY CAME TO SHAKE THE TABLES OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE! WE DO LOVE OVER THE TOP, DRAMATICALLY EXAGGERATED TRAINS AT THE MET AND BLAKE’S DID JUST THAT. HER DRESS BY VERSACE HAD PANELS DOWN BOTH SIDES AND A BODICE OF BEADS THAT TOOK “600 HOURS TO HAND-EMBROIDER” AND IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH THE TIME TAKEN BECAUSE SHE LOOKED AMAZING! ALSO, IN CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS, LORRAINE SCHWARTZ JEWELLERY AND JUDITH LEIBER COUTURE BAG.

 

 

 

  • KIM KARDASHIAN WEST AT THE MET GALA 2018, SHE’S NEVER LOOKED BETTER! SHE WORKED ALONGSIDE DONATELLA VERSACE AND THEY CREATED A LOOK! HER BODY WAS CLINCHED AND HIGHLIGHTED ALONG HER SILHOUETTE IN A DRESS WITH TWO EMBELLISHED CROSSES AT THE FRONT, SO SIMPLE YET SO EFFORTLESSLY DONE AS IT WAS INSPIRED BY THE GOLD CHAIN-MAIL AND CROSS DESIGNS OF VERSACE’S 97 COUTURE SHOW, AS WELL AS THE JEWELS OF LORRAINE SCHWARTZ. AND HER GLAM TEAM DID THAT! HAIR AND MAKE-UP ON POINT, KIMBERLY KEEP THEM FOREVER!

 

 

 

IS THERE ANYTHING DONATELLA CAN’T DO?

ABOVE ARE JUST A FEW OF MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES, BUT I WAS DEFINITELY UP AT 2AM FANGIRLING OVER ALL THE LOOKS THAT WERE BEING UPLOADED ON MY SOCIAL MEDIA. THE MET GALA IS A BRILLIANT IDEA AND I’AM SO THRILLED THAT ANNA WINTOUR IS KEEPING THE LEGACY GOING AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE DAY I’M INVITED TO THE MET GALA OR GOD WILLING EVEN A CO-CHAIR! I MEAN A GIRL CAN ONLY HOPE AND PRAY RIGHT?!

THANK YOU ANNA!

 

 

 

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