On Monday, May 7th, the Costume Institute held it’s largest fundraiser of the year, commonly known as the “Met Gala”. This year’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings, the show is being presented in a trinity of locations: the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and further uptown at the Cloisters. For those claiming that the Catholic church wants nothing to do with the theme, the Sistine Chapel itself, loaned the papal garb in the main display at the Museum.
Among the 150 or so ensembles that are now on display are pieces by Coco Chanel, who was educated by nuns, and John Galliano.
Anna Wintour’s co hosts this year were Amal Clooney, Rihanna, and Donatella Versace.
“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” is on view in New York City May 10–October 8, 2018. A catalog with photographs by Katerina Jebb will accompany the exhibition.
In my mind, Sara Jessica Parker and Rihanna are the reigning queens of the Met, but apparently last night, social media thought differently. So here it is, The Met Gala, by the numbers:
Data provide to Her Modern Life from Talkwalker