The 2018 Met Gala, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” is without a doubt one of the museum’s most spectacular events yet. The opulent show took place on a total of three locations: The Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and uptown at the Cloisters. This year the event took it’s guests to Church and naturally the A-listers donned their best “service” outfits. From actual papal vestment worn by no other than the co-host of the Met Ball Rihanna to mind-blowing angel wings brought on the red carpet by Katy Perry, the 2018 Met Gala left us a lot to talk about.
Besides the overly exciting red carpet appearances, the real deal was inside the Met Gala. Twenty-five galleries took over sixty thousand square feet of space. The exhibition featured pieces from designers who were raised Catholic or were inspired by the religion throughout their career. Iconic couture designs by Gianni Versace, Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, Valentino, Coco Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Crist‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√¢‚Ä¢bal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Givenchy and more were displayed at the galleries. The event’s Chief Curator, Andrew Bolton explained that these pieces were “intended to evoke both the concept and the experience of a religious pilgrimage”. The highlight of the exhibition were the treasures on loan from the Sistine Chapel Sacristy, many of which have never left the Vatican before.
Since this year’s Met Gala carried a religious theme, the event wouldn’t be complete without a representative of the Church. His Eminence Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York was there to help the Met open the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The place itself was decorated with over-the-top elements such as a giant wall of red roses, a stairway covered in hundreds of tall lit candles, giant vases filled with flowers, luxury tablecloths and more. For the performances, the guests were invited to sit on plush golden chairs with velvet cushions. One of the most iconic performances was delivered by the actual Sistine Chapel Choir. Boys aged 9-13 accompanied by adult singers from around the world performed at the event leaving everyone in awe. Additionally, Madonna gave a surprising performance dressed in a monastic cloak and later in an angelic white dress. Naturally, she opened her show with her “Like a Prayer” and then sang “Hallelujah”. The pop diva was also accompanied by a choir.
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Miuccia Prada presented the Resort 2018 collection for her fashion house Prada with a high-profile show. The event took place in a minimalistic space designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The show was packed with celebrities, designers, and models. Selena Gomez, Alexa Chung, Lily Collins, Mark Jacobs, Dakota Fanning, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uma Thurman and more showed up in attention-grabbing looks, most of them designed by Miuccia Prada.
The Prada Cruise 2019 show was a nod to “New York’s frenetic energy” and it was live-streamed in Times Square. According to the brand, images of the models walking on the show “were played and distorted on hanging, transparent screens throughout the set”
The collection itself was a throwback to Prada’s classics with a strong ’90s feel. You probably know by now that the ’90s fashion came back in 2017, but it seems that it’s not going anywhere soon. This year many fashion houses referenced the fabulous ’80s, but the ’90s are still in the game. The crazy low-waist trend from this decade was unexpectedly all over the Prada Resort 2019 collection. The designer presented a range of mini skirts and trousers that sit low on the waist. The other references to the ’90s included sporty polos, chic backpacks, and chunky loafers.
Just like the previous season, Miuccia Prada relied on bright and neon colors. However, the pieces from the Cruise 2019 collection were on the simple side. The designer topped pants and skirts with sweaters and jackets but styled them in an effective way. The designs are both easy to wear and statement at the same time. Miuccia Prada relied on bold colors to make most of the looks stand out. Details such as ruffles in contrasting colors, multicolored tights, and vibrant prints added life to the Cruise 2019 collection. Some of the looks were paired with statement hats that brought that unexpected cool factor that millennials love. Streetwear is so big right not, so casual elements that make the pieces street-approved are always a good idea.
After the show, Miuccia Prada welcomed the guests at the Piano Factory, the brand’s headquarters in New York. She hosted a dinner for 200 people to celebrate the successful runway presentation. “Everybody is doing more, so you have to adapt,” the designer told WWD. Although she is not a fan of over-the-top shows she managed to “do more” in her own way. Prada is not the type of designer to bring a cruise ship like Chanel did for its recent show. However, a drama was still involved in the Prada Resort 2019 runway presentation.
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The 2018 Met Gala is less than a week away. The biggest names in the showbiz are already having their final fittings! Before you get to go through the images from this year’s Met Ball, here is everything that you need to know about the most glamorous night of the year.
1. Where and When is the Met Gala Happening?
Traditionally every first Monday of May the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors to the richest and most famous people on earth. Everyone from the biggest stars in the showbiz to other influential people gets to walk the Met Gala’s red carpet. This year’s Met Ball will take place on Monday, May 7.
2. Who is the host and the co-chairs of 2018 Met Gala?
Since 1995, the Met Gala has been hosted by the US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. She chooses other public figures to co-chair the event. This year’s Met Gala will be co-chaired by Rihanna, Amal Clooney, and Donatella Versace.
3. What is This Year’s Theme?
We are about to have a very exciting 2018 Met Gala considering this year’s theme. “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is the latest Met Gala theme and the most controversial one yet. The event will feature 40 Vatican vestments and accessories spanning 15 papacies. Pieces that have never left the Vatican will be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in honor of this year’s theme. Expect to also see pieces by Coco Chanel who was educated by nuns, and designers such as John Galliano and Crist‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√¢‚Ä¢bal Balenciaga who’s work has been influenced by religion.
4. Who Gets Invited?
Unless you are among the wealthiest people from industries such as fashion, film, music, art, or you are insanely rich for some reason don’t expect an invitation to the Met Gala. Only the biggest A-listers get to attend. The list is subject to change, but many influential figures get invited every year.
5. What is the Price of The Tickets?
Being a celebrity comes with many advantages. The most famous figures get free designer gowns and makeovers for the event! Between 500-700 people make it on Anna Wintour’s official list and some of them even get paid by brands to be a part of the Met Ball. However, everyone from designers and companies to other people has to spare between $30 000 – $275 000 (for a table). On the bright side, all of the money goes to the museum.
6. What is The Dress Code?
Since we have a controversial theme this year, it’s expected that many designers will try to stay neutral. Connecting religion to fashion might look disrespectful to some people. However, the die-hard dress code followers such as Katy Perry and Rihanna will for sure take risks when it comes to their 2018 Met Gala looks.
7. Who is on the Guest List This Year?
The official list hasn’t been revealed yet. Anyway, it’s very exciting to know that fashion icons Rihanna and Amal Clooney will be there since they are co-hosting the event.
8. Will there be a Met Gala Live Stream?
Cameras are never allowed inside the event, so there will be no live stream. On the bright side, E! will have a live red carpet coverage that will start at 6 p.m EST.
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