This year, the Met Gala — AKA the most expensive costume party in existence — invited guests to explore the Catholic imagery with the theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
And while for some that might mean hard wooden pews and tasteless wafers, Met Gala attendees had no trouble finding the decadent side of the Catholic church. In fact, this was one of the most memorable Met Balls in years, packed with opulent crucifixes, headpieces, celestial outfits, angelic wings, and intricate designs worthy of the Sistine Chapel.
And while it was the sort of party most of us will never get to attend, thanks to social media, everyone gets to have an opinion on which outfits were the most rapturous and which deserved to be excommunicated.
Me judging Met Gala outfits from home in sweatshorts pic.twitter.com/TlA7toC40e
— de bleck penta (@fivefifths) May 7, 2018
So where should we begin? Oh, how about Rihanna (who co-chaired this year’s event) outshining the Pope himself with an glittering mitre? (That’s a pope-hat, for those who don’t know).
Then there was Katy Perry, who looked about ready to ascend to another realm.
Chadwick Boseman and Jared Leto seemed to be competing for the title of “most likely to lead us to salvation”
— joseph ✨ (@stussyjoseph) May 8, 2018
Rising star Lena Waithe took the opportunity to remind us that the “Catholic imagination” could always use some expanding.
— Call Me By My @ (@NotAgainBen) May 7, 2018
Blake Lively went for the “stepped-right-out-of-a-Renaissance-painting” look
While Solange appeared in haute-fashion as half saintly icon, half set-piece from Alien.
And there was so.
— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) May 7, 2018
But perhaps the most important “attendee” of all, Twitter was there for the jokes:
As I carried the nativity scene on my head, I couldn’t help but wonder…if an unborn baby can find three wise men in Bethlehem, how hard could it be for me to meet just one in Manhattan? pic.twitter.com/UMT7IYgP7C
— MARDI (@mardiithomas) May 9, 2018
— Λιβιƞ♡🌸| retweet pinned uwu (@jiminxlibin) May 8, 2018
why's no one talking about the best Met Gala look? pic.twitter.com/Nc1DEcoKka
— cades (@Ian_Cades) May 10, 2018
So, same time next year?