What’s that we hear? That’s the sound of cogs whirring and gears grinding as fashion’s elite fire up their imaginations for another wildly inventive, wonderfully brilliant style extravaganza.
That’s right, the Met Gala 2018 theme has just been released and it’s going to be iconic. “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” will be presented in the spring of ’18 by the Costume Institute; angelic, no?
Fashion's love affair with religious art is an inspired intertwining that will be showcased at the Anna Wintour Costume Centre, the Met’s Fifth Avenue medieval galleries and at The Cloisters; a medieval architecture and decorative art museum in New York City. The pious collection will display historic garments from The Vatican itself, including the official Papal garb loaned from the Sistine Chapel sacristy.
Rihanna; the sartorially daring and once Fashion Icon Award winner will be co-hosting next year’s event alongside human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and fashion royalty Donatella Versace. If Rihanna’s past MET looks are anything to go by; we’re talking the cascading yolk yellow Chinese couture decadency at the 2015 “China: Through The Looking Glass” and the graphic, floral piece of textured art at the 2017 “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between”, then we’re undeniably in for a treat.
Whilst the yearly Gala unequivocally denotes the theme of ‘expecting the unexpected’ we can’t help but predict an abundance of Dolce and Gabbana and more crucifix inspired jewellery than you can shake a rosary laden fist at.
Of course the theme isn’t without it’s controversies. Bad to the bone RiRi presenting an angelic, church inspired theme is a juxtaposition that seems somewhat ironic if not a little offensive. However Vogue, as an almost honeyed endeavor to quieten the sceptics, are quick to show their church bearings with a nod to Coco Chanel’s education by nuns and Christian Dior’s pope inspired 2000 show.
We can only imagination what concepts the self-proclaimed God, Kanye West himself, is conjuring up in his otherworldly imagination. Met Gala 2018 is definitely going to be one to remember.