If you’re a true fashionista like we are, then you also look forward to the annual Met Costume Gala. One of the biggest fashion nights on the celebrity calendar, the New Year’s gala is to be hosted by three powerful females and its theme has been making headlines due to its controversial religious aspect.
Not only will bad gal Rihanna join renowned fashion designer Donatella Versace as hostesses for the famous ceremony, but Amal Clooney is also on board to co-chair with the fashion icons, which will run from May 10th until October 18th 2018.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the theme for 2018 is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”.
The Met Costume Gala will see Rihanna, Versace and Clooney come together, with a hands-on approach in preparing for the exhibition, honouring a historic collection of fashion from the archives.
The theme has already been dubbed controversial by some, as it will feature “a dialogue between fashion and masterworks of religious art in The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.”
We have seen Rihanna step onto this New York red carpet as one of the best dressed attendees, who, each year, genuinely embodies the theme – she was one of the only guests to wear an actual Chinese designer during the Met Costume Gala 2015 for the “China: Through the Looking Glass” theme.
Italian fashion goddess Donatella Versace has dressed guests for decades, and has often attended alongside her ‘Versace girls’. Often dressed in elegant looks, barrister Amal Clooney has been in the fashion limelight since stepping out with her now-husband George Clooney. Making her Met Gala debut in 2017, she memorably wore a red tiered corset gown by Maison Margiela.
Given their respective style history, creating a fashion flurry won’t be hard between this trio, but depicting what each will wear with this religious theme is more dubious.
The exhibition itself has been supported by the house of Versace, and investors Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, the latter of whom will also serve as Honorary Chairman, and join veteran Met chairperson Anna Wintour.
In addition to this support, the gala serves as the main source of annual funding for the year-round exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements of the museum too.
Head Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, explains the decision behind the concept. “Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another. Although this relationship has been complex and sometimes contested, it has produced some of the most inventive and innovative creations in the history of fashion.”
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