Last night (May 7), New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art held its annual Met Gala, the opening party for its spring exhibition that doubles as a fund-raiser for the museum’s Costume Institute. Each year, the themed party, which held the first Monday in May, is considered one of the biggest events in fashion. This year’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Celebrities fused their imaginations with their style and were inspired by saints, demons, churches and other aspects of the religion.
Check out some of the standout looks below:
Rihanna graced the red carpet wearing a bejeweled minidress beneath a flowing overcoat from Maison Margiela designed by John Galliano. She also wore a bishop’s hat designed by Stephen Jones.
The mother-to-be wore a bejeweled Moschino gown with a matching choker and headpiece. She was accompanied by designer Jeremy Scott, who coordinated his moto jacket and pants with the “Drippin” rapper’s ensemble.
The star of Creed and its upcoming sequel was outfitted in a custom pinstriped Off-White suit.
Solo donned a do-rag and crown with her Iris van Herpen Couture gown. Her look was inspired by Saint Heron, an Egyptian martyr and one of the first Black saints–and who Solange named her record label after.
Zendaya channeled Joan of Arc in her custom-molded silver armored look from Atelier Versace.
SZA was celestial in pink silk tulle and a multilayered gown paired with matching jewel-embellished bodice and thigh-high boots by Atelier Versace.
2 Chainz proposed to Kesha on the red carpet of the gala wearing a custom Atelier Versace peak lapel tuxedo with Swarovski-embroidered Versace lettering. Kesha wore a crystal-beaded fringe dress from the same brand.
Janelle Monáe wore a custom Marc Jacobs colorblock Gabardine skirt suit with a jeweled headpiece and hat.
The Emmy-Award winning writer wore a suit with a rainbow-colored cape, representing the LGBTQIA community, by Carolina Herrera.
Jenny from the Block attended the Met Gala wearing a custom design by Balmain.
Rae was styled in a belted gown from the Michael Kors Collection.
Karla Welch styled the actress in a monochrome pink Michael Kors gown, shawl and clutch.
Nicki Minaj wore a red ombre dress by Oscar De La Renta with a jeweled headpiece.
Boseman wore a custom Atelier Versace white tuxedo with gold beading and a matching bejeweled cross cape.
The Westworld star was dressed in a Thom Browne gown.
Cassie wore a black Thom Browne suit to contrast with Diddy’s white Musika Free suit.
The trio was spotted in custom Atelier Versace pieces that incorporated the Madonne and Amore Psiche print.
Harvey strutted down the red carpet in a Dolce & Gabbana gown.
The supermodel stunned in a white Tommy Hilfiger gown.
Haddish wore Brandon Maxwell embellished pants and shirt with a train.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.