Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Met Gala

By: Valeria Ramos

Every year, the fashion world unites in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institute's Met Gala. The fashion exhibit's theme this year is "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." The event will feature designs from several designers Cristobal Balenciaga, Donatello Versace, and even pieces on loan from the Sistine Chapel - all of which are to be showcased across three galleries. 

Met Gala Entrance, Photo by Kevin Tachman

Aside from the actual exhibition, the fashion choices of our favorite celebrities is what's most anticipated as the red carpet rolls down the steps of the Met. Hopefully, this years' attendees will actually follow the theme instead of showing up dressed for a Hollywood prom party like many did last year. 

This year, Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace will join Anna Wintour as hosts, adding some excitement to the annual event. The exhibit's curator, Andrew Bolton says the Gala will focus on "Catholic imagination and the way is has engaged artists and designers and shaped their approach to creativity."

Left: El Greco, Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (1541–1609), c. 1600, oil on canvas; right: Evening Coat, Cristóbal Balenciaga for Balenciaga, Autumn/Winter 1954–55

In an interview with the New York Times, Bolton shared that his preparation for this theme began three years ago, in 2015, with several trips to Rome to discuss the topic with the Vatican. To avoid any political or controversial criticism, the garments from the Catholic church will be separated from those of fashion designers.

Some pieces we might expect to be featured in this exhibit range from Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2016 collection, which featured models decorated in regal couture obviously influenced by the Italian designers' Catholic backgrounds. Other potentials include Givenchy's Spring 2013 collection, which was Ricardo Tisci's ode to Catholic nuns and Dior's Fall 2000 collection, which reflected the designer's love of costume. Finally, we can't forget Jean Paul Gaultier's iconic Spring 2007 show, where each model wore a halo and was dressed in couture inspired by religious art.

The beauty of the Met Gala is that, which each new theme, different influences are revealed that lend themselves to fashion and inspire designers to create iconic collections, set trends and express their creativity through the art of clothing. On the first Monday in May, the Met will display the collaboration between two worlds that impact each other in more ways than we realize.