It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when all fashion icons, actors and socialites alike join forces to create the most iconic, memorable fundraising benefit of all-time. The Met Gala is the pinnacle of iconic style, the most awaited fashion event of every year, and its all for a good cause.
The Met Gala celebrates it’s latest exhibition in 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. Co-hosted by VOGUE Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, and style icon, Rihanna, the Met Gala is an invite-only event (with the guest list curated by Wintour herself), and tickets selling for $40,000 each.
Attendees are required to dress according to the exhibition’s theme, with the most well-known designers from around the world showcasing their creativity and talent on all the guests. Most designs are custom-made and always controversial – which is why the Met Gala runway is the most iconic red carpet ever.
10. CARA DELEVINGNE
British Model, Cara Delevingne, left little to the “Catholic imagination” at her 7th Met Gala benefit. The custom-made Dior gown and headpiece was certainly a red carpet head-turner, being one of the most revealing outfits of the event. But, it’s Cara Delevingne, and if anybody can pull it off, it’s definitely her. It may not be inspired by Catholic imagination, but it certainly showcases her heavenly body – so, she partly got it right, if you ask me.
9. KIM KARDASHIAN-WEST
If anyone was going to break the “no-selfie” rule at the Met Gala, who else but Kim Kardashian-West could get away with it? Anna Wintour strictly set the rule of no phones many Met Galas ago, but, how could you ask THE Kim Kardashian, who published her own book of selfies, to abide by this? Yet another style icon who took the theme of ‘heavenly bodies’ seriously – the custom Gianni Versace sparkling gown hugged every single curve of her body, showing off the figure Kim is ever-so famous for. She literally glowed from every angle (and I mean every angle).
8. JENNIFER LOPEZ
J-Lo wore the dress of my dreams to this year’s Met Gala – a custom-made Balmain gown encrusted with pure diamonds from Tiffany & Co. Could anyone else but J-Lo be this extra? I think not. Incorporating the Catholic theme of the fundraising event, the gown makes a clear religious statement directly in the centre of her piece – and with a beautiful feathered train following her every move, J-Lo was hard to keep your eyes off (especially with all that Tiffany).
It may not have anything to do with religion or heavenly bodies, but I would wear this outfit if I had the chance, too. At her first ever Met Gala, SZA rocked the red carpet in her custom-made Versace gown. The sparkling boots are to die-for, and there is so much tulle I’m getting excited even just writing about it… With the crown-like headpiece and pink frilly gown, SZA looked stunning, although she hasn’t quite nailed the theme of the Met Gala. Will she be invited again next year? It’s hard to tell, but I think she killed this look.
6. BLAKE LIVELY
The once Queen of the Upper East Side, Blake Lively (AKA Serena Vanderwoodsen from Gossip Girl), stunned onlookers with her natural beauty and royalty-like gown. Blake’s custom Atelier Versace gown is gold-encrusted, with over $2 million worth of jewels. So, just your average, every day outfit, really. Versace have really shown what they are capable of, designing a traditional yet modern outfit for one of the most popular style icons of our generation. I just think Blake Lively looks stunning in this gown – it was made for her (literally..).
5. ARIANA GRANDE
Inspired by the altar walls of the Sistine Chapel, Ariana Grande graced the red carpet of the Met Gala wearing her custom-made Vera Wang gown. Vera Wang have definitely outdone themselves with Ariana’s look – this gown shows true respect to the museum’s exhibition, and enlightens what the gala itself is about. Using the walls of the Sistine Chapel as inspiration is genius, and Ariana looks so elegant and princess-like in her Vera Wang.
4. KATY PERRY
Once again, Versace steals the red carpet of the Met Gala, showcasing custom bejeweled, feathered wings, boots and dress on the one-and-only Katy Perry. The internet was somewhat confused about the outfit, and I must admit, I am too. But, it’s the Met Gala – what did you expect? Katy’s angel-inspired outfit is definitely an iconic one. If Versace wanted to make diamond wings for me, I wouldn’t say no, either. I loved this look on Katy – it’s unique yet stylish, glamorous but classy, and those wings are incredible (I also assume they would be incredibly heavy – great job, Katy Perry).
3. CARDI B
From the Bronx to the Met Gala red carpet, Cardi B and her baby bump stole the show in her custom-made Moschino gown and headpiece. Embedded with jewels and carrying a somewhat inflated train behind her, Cardi B may have just proved that she is the most dedicated-to-fashion mother-to-be in history. Literally weeks from giving birth, Cardi rocked the red carpet with some classy cleavage and a high-raised split. I can’t imagine it being the most comfortable maternity outfit ever designed… but, she rocked it nonetheless.
2. SARAH JESSICA PARKER
Possibly the most iconic fashion icon of New York City, Sarah Jessica Parker, AKA Carrie Bradshaw, always steals my heart on the red carpet. SJP’s Dolce & Gabbana gown radiates total Queen vibes. I adore this look on her, with the headpiece being the main statement of her outfit. Also designed by D&G, Parker wears a nativity scene on her head to represent the importance of the Met Gala event, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. Yet again, someone who has nailed the event’s purpose. Sarah Jessica Parker, you have and will always shine on any red carpet.
Co-host of the event and one of fashion’s biggest style icons, Rihanna, yet again proves herself to be the Queen of the Met Gala. The pope-inspired Maison Margiela gown and headpiece by John Galliano stole this year’s show. Bedazzled in jewels and literally glistening down the red carpet, Rihanna reignites the meaning of fashion in New York City and the importance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibitions. Now, that is how you dress at a Met Gala – none of this plain, black dress nonsense – it’s the most outrageous, iconic event in fashion, and RiRi has done it proud.
There goes by another year and another museum benefit – maybe if I save all my money for the next 40 years, I can attend a Met Gala by the time I’m 60?
Let me know in the comments below what your favourite outfits were, and what you think next year’s exhibition will be… such incredible fashion like this reminds me why I became so passionate about the industry in the first place. There are literally no limits when it comes to fashion – I LOVE IT.
Until the next Met Gala…