It's like Christmas for the fashion industry. The first Monday in May is the best day of the year, in my opinion. The Met Gala is fashion's biggest night of the year, like the Oscars are to the film industry. It is notoriously difficult to be invited to, as it is a guest-list only event. The most popular designers, actors, artists and creators show off the most spectacular garments you will see all year. This year the theme was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." The exhibition will open this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and display how religion has played an important role in inspiring fashion through the ages. This theme was something I was very excited about due to my background in Renaissance art. To mix my two favourite things, art and fashion is a dream come true. I chose my top ten looks from this evening of magnificent fashion, you can see them below.
Top 10 looks:
I loved that Lily Collins leaned towards the Gothic style. There can be a lot of romanticism within religious art, however, there is also the darker side of things, which can be seen in her entire look. Lily wore a black Givenchy gown and an updo that showed off her modern crown. Her makeup was inspired by the dark arts and occult, a different take on the theme of the evening.
I know I am 30 and like a teen TV show, Riverdale, but I just love 'Bughead' (Betty & Jughead) from Riverdale. The dark and brooding character of Jughead in love with the girl next door Betty, what couldn't you love more? Cole Sprouse is not only an actor but a talented photographer that has been feature in Vogue and I was so happy to see the two of them at the Met. Cole wore a Thome Browne suit that showed the perfect amount of ankle, which I loved. While Lili wore a dress by H&M, looking like a Renaissance angel on her beau's arm.
Cara Delevigne never disappoints at the Met Gala. She is always wearing something that has heads turning. This year she definitely did not disappoint as she came dressed as a confession box.
The sheer paneling showed a black bikini underneath and her face was covered by a crown with hanging jewels. She surprised us once again with her ever changing hair colour, this time stepping out with mauve tips.
This pair, Lana del Rey and Jared Leto, were probably some of the more over the top looks of the evening (although they were nothing in comparison to Rihanna as the Pope.) Jared was dressed as Jesus, or at least similar to. While Lana was dressed as an angel. They were accompanied by the designer for Gucci, Alessandro Michele. I loved this look because they look to have come straight out of a Renaissance painting, a little over the top but definitely within the theme of the night.
No one made a statement quite like Lena Waithe at the Met Gala. However, her statement was less of a fashion statement and more of an inclusive statement. She was like a superhero for the LGBTQ people and wore a pride flag that also included the colours black and brown. These colours were to represent inclusion of people of colour in the queer community. It was an amazing look and she wore it proudly.
Diane Kruger was a modern day Cinderella in this Renaissance style dress. The colour reminded me of the putti (or cherubs) found in Renaissance paintings, or the blue found on the Virgin Mary so often. This look was both beautiful and on theme for the evening with an angelic feel. She paired the hi-low gown with a very long train with pearl covered headpiece.
This look that was worn so well by Olivia Munn had a definite Crusades feel to it. She wasn't the only actress to wear an H&M gown and the designers for the high street shop did not disappoint. This piece was made fully of gold chainmail, a true fashion feat. The beautiful dress resembled medieval armour, making Olivia look both feminine and powerful.
Once again the train reigned strong for this event. Other then a wedding day, the Met gala is the perfect event to wear a dress with a long train to follow the wearer up the stairs while being photographed. Blake Lively shared with her followers that the dress she wore took over 600 hours to make and required arriving in a party bus because it was too large to fit into a regular car. This beautiful gown was immaculately embroidered and detailed making it impossible to not notice. It was definitely one of the best looks of the evening and had a very Renaissance vibe to it with a matching headpiece that echoed a halo of the era.
It is hard not to compare Zendaya's look to that of Joan of Arc. She decided to go dressed as one of Catholics most famed icon's, Saint Joan of Arc. Her dress was custom Versace and was worn with an armoured neck and shoulder piece. The dress, like Olivia Munn's was made up of chain mail, however, this dress was silver instead of gold. Even her hair, a wig for the evening, compared to that of the saint. A truly mesmerizing look.
Kate Bosworth wore an angelic white ballgown flecked with gold and accessorized with a beautiful veil. She did not only pay homage to the theme of the Met gala but also to her wedding, wearing a similarly styled wedding gown for her big day. The look, all white with gold, was reminiscent of the Catholic art that often had gold leaf throughout. As the veil draped over her head and fell down her train, she looked like a true angel on earth.