We can’t wait to watch this year’s Met Gala tonight!
The extravagant fundraising ball for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York features out-of-this-world haute couture. This year is the 70th anniversary of the first ball held in 1948. The event is still chaired by Anna Wintour, the grande dame of fashion, and tonight’s gala is hosted by Rihanna (who else after her acclaimed showing last year), Amal Clooney, and Donatalla Versace. Tonight’s theme has critics and onlookers waiting with bated breath for the Met’s exploration of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
We’re confidant that the fusion of celebrity, fashion, and religious iconography will create a few costumes that walk a fine line between pageantry and blasphemy. Conservative commentators will no doubt wonder if this is an appropriate subject matter for fashion designers. That said, the museum has received the approval of the Vatican. The Costume Institutes’s upcoming show will feature 50 pieces loaned from church collections.
Catholicism has always inspired passionate artistic endeavors, from Michelangelo to Bernini. Now, we’ll see what the world’s preeminent designers can find in the “Catholic Imagination.”