As any fashion devotee knows, the first Monday in May is not just any ordinary Monday – it’s Met Gala Monday. Themed “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, this year’s gala is a precursor to the Met’s groundbreaking “Heavenly Bodies” exhibit opening May 10th. Examining the interrelatedness of fashion and religion, the exhibit is sponsored by Donatella Versace, who is also serving as a co-chair for this year’s Gala. Having attended 16 Met Galas to date, Versace co-chairs alongside Amal Clooney, who has attended one time prior to this year, and Rihanna who has attended 7 times and performed at the event twice.
The fashion industry is not one to shy away from controversial topics, and this year’s theme for the Gala and the Met’s exhibit to follow May 10 is no exception. Featuring 40 pieces of clothing from the Vatican, spanning 15 different Papacies, the exhibit “Heavenly Bodies” is one of the first of its kind, and promises to be a profound illustration of fashion’s interconnectedness to all aspects of life, particularly history, religion and culture.
Anna Wintour is quoted as saying the following, “Fashion reflects the world around us. . . fashion does not operate in a vacuum.” To her point, the outfit choices of attendees at the Gala will serve as a barometer of the modern attitude towards religion, while the upcoming exhibit will offer a unique perspective on the historical relationship between fashion and religion as traditional religious pieces will be shown alongside pieces from designers such as Chanel and Balenciaga.
The power trio of Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace and of course, Anna Wintour hosting the event promise that this year’s Met Gala will be just as fabulous as all those of years past. 2018’s Gala will mark the iconic event’s 70th year running. According to Forbes, 2017’s Met Gala raised $13.5 million for the Met’s Costume Institute with tickets costing about $30,000 apiece and a table going for $275,000. Known as one of fashion’s biggest events, the evening consists of a walk through of the exhibit, music and dancing and of course, plenty of great fashion.