The Met Gala is one of the biggest fashion extravaganzas of the year – and the 2018 event will be no exception. Vogue and the Costume Institute have revealed that the theme for their New York Met Gala 2018 will be “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The collection will be displaying around 50 items on loan from the Vatican, 150 designer pieces inspired by “Catholic iconography,” plus the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s own religious collections.
“Designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings, the show will be presented in a trinity of locations: the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and further uptown at the Cloisters,” according to the brand. “Central to the conversation will be the papal garb on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican, even in the 1983 Met blockbuster, The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art.”
Met Gala themes tend to be provocative, and the event’s creator expect some controversy – though the head curator Andrew Bolton clarified that’s not the focus of the exhibit.
“We know it could be controversial for right wing or conservative Catholics and for liberal Catholics. [The exhibit focuses] on a shared hypothesis about what we call the Catholic imagination and the way it has engaged artists and designers and shaped their approach to creativity, as opposed to any kind of theology or sociology,” he said. “Beauty has often been a bridge between believers and unbelievers.”
In addition to this divine inspiration theme announcement, Anna Wintour’s Met Gala 2018 co-hosts were revealed. Expect to see Rihanna, Amal Clooney, and Donatella Versace making their impact as honorary chairs at the upcoming event.