Rihanna’s arrival on the red carpet was enough to make a statement amongst the stunning gowns of celestial silvers, golds, and black.
Dressed as a more fashionable version of the Pope, Rihanna’s 2018 Met Gala ensemble wows with its pearls and crystals - and papal mitre.
The gown, a pearl-embellished Maison Margiela Artisanal gown by John Galliano, also features a matching robe and headpiece.
Katy Perry’s interpretation also wowed. The singer arrived in a short gold Versace dress with gold thigh-high boots, but the focus of her outfit were the life-size feathered angel-inspired wings that completed the look.
Alternatively, Kate Moss opted for a short black Saint Laurent dress with small black wings.
Other celebrities incorporated the theme, officially called: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, in simpler ways, with many opting for a cross to accent their gowns.
Katy Perry is angelic on the red carpet (Getty)
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour arrived in a white custom Chanel sparkling gown with a long cross necklace.
Crosses also appeared on the outfit of model Laura Love, who opted for a short black Versace dress with red and green crosses.
Co-sponsor Christine Schwartzman also accessorised with the religious relic, opting for a double-layered gem-encrusted cross to pop against her blue gown, as did supermodel Bella Hadid, who wore a simple cross necklace with her black H&M gown, and Chadwick Boseman, who also donned a Pope-influenced ensemble.
Chadwick Boseman wore a papal-inspired outfit (Getty)
Lily Collins took the theme a step further with her own interpretation. She accessorised her black off-the-shoulder Givenchy gown with a silver halo, a red teardrop, and a rosary.
Tonight’s exhibition, hosted by Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, Anna Wintour, and Stephen and Christine Schwartzman, will feature over 40 pieces on loan from the Vatican.
Pieces include items such as Pope Benedict XV’s silk cape, displayed alongside pieces from Coco Chanel, Versace, and John Galliano.
This year’s theme was considered the most controversial yet, however, curator Andrew Bolton has defended his choice.
“Some might consider fashion to be an unfitting or unseemly medium by which to engage with ideas about the sacred or the divine, but dress is central to any discussion about religion,” he said.
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