The Metropolitan Museum of Art has confirmed the rumours about their controversial 2018 theme: religion.
The Costume Institute for the Met has announced the theme for the 2018 gala, and designers are quaking in their boots. Titled “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, the theme is intended to explore the historical relationship between religion and fashion.
The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” will open May 10 at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. #MetHeavenlyBodies will feature a dialogue between fashion and religious artworks from the museum’s permanent collection to examine the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination. El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, 1540/41–1614). Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (1541–1609), ca. 1600 and Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) for House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937). Evening coat, autumn/winter 1954–55. Digital composite scan by Katerina Jebb #TheMet #MetCloisters #CostumeInstitute @metcostumeinstitute @themetcloisters #KaterinaJebb
This is not the first time the iconic gala has pushed boundaries. However, in choosing a theme so close to the current political climate we cannot help but wonder what message the museum hopes to portray.
Fans of the gala have reacted with excitement and curiosity. Everyone is interested to see how our favourite celebrities will tackle such a controversial and potentially very sensitive theme.
Me, every year: The #MetGala is so ostentatious and unnecessary.
— Olga Marina Segura (@OlgaMSegura) November 8, 2017
Alongside the announcement of the theme, the Met have also revealed Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace as co-hosts. Cue excited screams from social media everywhere. What can we expect to see? No doubt Madonna with burning crosses in tow and Kim K sporting a halo Jesus style… So Vogue.
— Beautycon (@beautycon) November 9, 2017
What are your thoughts on the theme and who are you most excited to see?
Words: Kadie Eve I Subbing: Miriam Cocuzza