Catholic clothing and attire for special occasions have much more in common than it might seem at first glance. Rich fabrics decorated with embroidery, maxi length, abundance of gold and intricate decor are the first parallels that come to mind. It was all the more interesting to see how the guests of the Costume Institute ball would dress this year.
Traditionally, they were divided into four groups: lovers of "naked" dresses (and God bless her, with religion), fans of the dress code, interpreting the topic in too obvious and therefore ridiculous way, celebrities who decided to dress neutrally, as well as a handful of few guests who showed something really interesting and organic looking.
It will not surprise anyone that Rihanna, who appeared in the form of the Pope, became the queen of the evening. For several years now, her dresses have become almost the main intrigue of the evening.
Rihanna © Evan Agostini / Invision / AP
This time the outfit was created by John Galliano, a designer whose work was closely intertwined with religion in the days of Christian Dior. It recalls the display of his 2000 collection, which was opened by a "bishop" waving a censer, and all this was accompanied by church music.
Oscar-winning Frances McDormand opted for a voluminous turquoise Valentino cape and a floral headpiece. The image may not be very consistent with the given theme, but it certainly looked much more interesting than a dozen similar halos and has every chance of being included in the list of the most memorable outfits of the Met Gala.
Lily Collins in Gothic attire stood out favorably from most of the guests of the ball. Her long, translucent black Givenchy dress, a thin chain cross held in her hands and a halo reminiscent of the arrows of a Gothic cathedral fit perfectly into the dress code.
Lily Collins © Charles Sykes / Invision / AP
Actress Greta Gerwig also came in black: a closed lush dress with voluminous sleeves from The Row resembled the clothes of nuns, but at the same time looked solemn.
Greta Gerwig © Evan Agostini / Invision / AP
Some guests decided to reincarnate as saints. In the endless parade of the Mother of God was the singer Zendaya, who tried on the mail of Jeanne d'Arc by Atelier Versace. The image was suggested by stylist Low Roach, who admitted that the idea came to him in a dream. A silver dress with bare shoulders and a rather bold slit is one of the most spectacular at the event.
Zendaya © Evan Agostini / Invision / AP
Janelle Monet in a dramatic black and white Marc Jacobs dress and wide-brimmed hat looked like a parishioner from a futuristic movie.
Janelle Monet © Neilson Barnard / Getty Images
The trio of Alessandro Michele, Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey looked spectacular, where the bearded and long-haired Michele and Leto resembled twin brothers and, therefore, became the objects of jokes on social networks.
Alessandro Michele, Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto © Frazer Harrison / FilmMagic
Del Rey came in a long embroidered dress with a sacred heart pierced (an important Catholic symbol), while Leto and Michele donned crowns of thorns. In addition, Jared Leto complemented his costume with an epitrachil, a wide embroidered ribbon worn by Orthodox priests. Virgil Abloh, the newly minted creative director of Louis Vuitton, played up his image in a similar way: he combined a Catholic table with a white suit and sneakers.
Virgil Abloh © Frazer Harrison / FilmMagic
Jaden Smith interpreted the theme in his own way and came in a Louis Vuitton coat, holding a plate with a huge "Icon" inscription.
Sarah Jessica Parker, who becomes the queen of Internet memes every year, did not disappoint her fans this time either.
Sarah Jessica Parker © Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images
For the evening, she chose a gold, painted Dolce & Gabbana dress with a train and a whole nativity scene as a headdress.
Madonna came to the event in a heavy black Jean Paul Gaultier dress. She supplemented the dramatic image with a veil, a tiara with many crosses and a stole.
Madonna © Charles Sykes / Invision / AP
Katy Perry again took the theme of the evening too literally: she came to the event in a short gold Versace dress, boots and with huge wings.
Katy Perry © Charles Sykes / Invision / AP
In general, it should be said that against the background of past years, this Met Gala turned out to be quite interesting and non-trivial. The guests were given a task with an increased level of difficulty, and, despite the abundance of images in the spirit of Victoria's Secret angels rather than in the aesthetics of Catholicism, many coped with this difficult task quite adequately.>