This year’s theme for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala (MET Gala) 2018 was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. The Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibition features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from the Met collection, and examines the ongoing engagement with devotional practices and the traditions of Catholicism.
As predicted, the red carpet drew a slew of A-list stars who were seen decked out in the most extravagant looks in conjunction with the theme. Whether it was the ladies or gents, each came wearing a stunning ensemble, while many also paired them with matching and headpieces. These headpieces definitely made a statement on the red carpet and were one of the key accessories that took their looks to the next level. With this spectacular theme that created a spark in the fashion industry, we decided to round up 20 of the most extravagant celebrity looks that we absolutely adore.
The multi-talented singer, actress, and entrepreneur, as well as the host of the night, Rihanna wore a stunning silver gown and a matching headpiece by Maison Margiela. The gown had very intricate beading that was done by hand—designer John Galliano really made sure that the host would be the centre of attention.
The “Bodak Yellow” star flaunted her pregnant bump in a gold Moschino slit gown with detailed beading and wore a matching headpiece. This look proved that pregnancy isn’t slowing the 25-year-old singer down.
Standing out from the others with her huge angelic wings, pop songstress Katy Perry wore a gold metallic Versace outfit for the gala. Although her dress was subtler than the others’, she still managed to flaunt one of the most extravagant looks of the night.
Selena Gomez graced the red carpet with a sheer frilled gown designed by Stuart Vevers of Coach, inspired by Queen Esther from the Bible. Her entire look was a more refined version of the bold coloured outfits celebrities were seen wearing on the red carpet.
Legendary Queen of Pop Madonna gave us cathedral vibes wearing a black Jean Paul Gaultier dress and a gold crown with crosses. She managed to make this subtler dress stand out on the red carpet.
Lana Del Rey
American singer Lana Del Rey wore an avant-garde Gucci ensemble with a heart-strike complete with knife design on the neckline. She also wore a showstopping headpiece—a dramatic blue swan over her head—which, needless to say, created a stir throughout the night.
Sticking with the theme, actor and singer Jared Leto also wore an eccentric Gucci ensemble with gold embroidery. It’s safe to say that Jared was the only male celebrity that could have pulled off this look.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker never fails to look stunning on the red carpet. At this year’s MET Gala, she definitely made an entrance wearing an extravagant Dolce & Gabbana gown with a super-long train. Also, you can’t forget that headpiece now, can you?
The actor-of-the-moment, Chadwick Boseman, showed us why he is unstoppable in the film and fashion industries. Chadwick wore printed Versace pants and a cape-like coat with crosses to go with the theme.
Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand arrived at the MET Gala in an epic blue dress by Valentino, complete with cape. Not only did Frances own this look, she also struck such an over-the-top pose. Frances also worn an ornate, dramatic turquoise headpiece made by Philip Treacy that matched the dress. In short, Frances rocked the 2018 MET Gala!
The gorgeous Blake Lively was seen in a beautiful red-golden gown by Versace that took an astonishing 600 hours to create. With a scoop neckline, the gown had a long train with gold appliqués that contrasted with the vibrant wine-red fabric.
Singer Solange wore a unique black Iris Van herpen latex textured dress with a unique silhouette and paired the dress with a headpiece that portrayed a halo—no pun intended.
The singer and rapper wore a beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown in a deep and gradated red colour. The glistening ensemble contrasted well with its tulle fabric and her black headpiece, making Nicki’s outfit a head-turner.
While holding a vinyl record to promote his new single, Jaden Smith posed on the red carpet in a Louis Vuitton ensemble (black T-shirt, white pants, and hefty trench coat). Although his look wasn’t like many other Catholicism-inspired looks, we can’t disagree that he rocked the outfit and certainly made a statement (that is: for you to listen to his new song).
The Greatest Showman actress made a grand entrance in her silver modern medieval Versace dress inspired by female icon Joan of Arc. Stealing the show with last year’s look, Zendaya always looks amazing on the red carpet. Did you see her crop hair look?
The three singers dressed in Versace, each wearing a corresponding printed blazer. Not to mention that it wouldn’t be a red-carpet look without their diamond jewellery as accessories.
The British model-turned-actress wore a Dior fishnet black dress. The sheerness of the dress gave the right amount of character for Cara, especially as it was paired with a drooping headpiece and her pink hair and golden eyebrows.
Bella Hadid’s black veil may be longer than some dresses spotted on the red carpet, but the supermodel managed to dramatically flaunt her long veil with Chrome Hearts ensemble.
The “No Tears Left To Cry” songstress wore an ethereal Vera Wang gown inspired by a Michelangelo painting. Her ethereal look was a breath of fresh air against many other extravagant looks.
Actress Priyanka Chopra wowed the crowd in deep-red velvet Ralph Lauren dress accessorised with an intricate golden headpiece that went over the neck and shoulders. It was a simpler look than the rest, but she sure stood out among the crowd.