The Fashion Industry’s biggest night of the year, the Met Gala, took place on the first Monday of May in New York City. The event, hosted by Vogue and Anna Wintour herself, consisted of the theme “heavenly bodies,” emphasizing the Catholic church and celebrating women.
Co-hosting the event was none other than Rihanna, who wore Maison Margiela Artisanal, taking inspiration from the Pope. In an interview with Vogue, Rihanna claims “[co-hosting] is an honor. The Met Ball is something that [she has] always enjoyed being a part of and to co-host with Anna Wintour is a big deal; Donatella Versace, Amal Clooney, all ladies that [she loves] and [enjoys], so it’s a special night.” Just about every celebrity attended, from the Kardashians to Elon Musk. Celebrities attending the event did not take the theme lightly, with Katy Perry arriving in a vintage convertible wearing bejeweled Versace wings. Other celebrities, such as Priyanka Chopra, kept it more simple, wearing a Ralph Lauren gown with a golden beaded hood. Chopra incorporated her Indian heritage in her look, as the “embroidery [was] done in India so it was like [her] two worlds colliding.” Chopra, among many others, looks forward to the Met Gala to inspire others and to celebrate the fashion industry as a whole.
Anna Wintour sees the Met Gala as “a reflection of our changing culture, and a glamourous arena for high fashion.” Keeping the Met Gala a high fashion event is exactly what Madonna did. The singer wore a black Jean Paul Gaultier gown paired with a black veil and numerous cross necklaces, admitting that “when [she] first started [her career, she] was covered in rosaries so nothing has changed; really religious themes have always been a part of [her] work and always inspired [her] and everything that [she does], like [her] music, creativity, the way [she dresses].” Madonna made a surprise performance later that night, surprising guests with two songs, “Like a Prayer” and a cover of “Hallelujah” accompanied by monks who escorted her to the stage. The singer ended the night with her performance, putting an end to this year’s Met Gala.