The 2018 Met Gala’s theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”  

It’s hard to know what news we’ll wake up to in the craziness of the year that’s been 2017. This morning, however, I woke up to the words “Rihanna” and “Met Gala” and “Catholic Imagination,” and, for a second, all was right with the world.

Yes, that’s right. @Badgalriri will be hosting the 2018 Met Gala, in addition to Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace, and the show title is: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Can you even imagine the potential for this one? I’m envisioning Madonna writhing on the cross for “Like a Virgin” meets ethereal tulle and Swarovski meets The Young Pope. Rihanna is also going to be a dream host — she’s warm, funny, and charismatic.

With the Met Gala just six months away, it will be exciting to see what this year’s gala will bring with three decades of dynamically strong women possessing much their own signature style. Clooney has attended just one Met Gala previous to hosting, debuting in 2015 for the “China: Through the Looking Glass” event. Rihanna has attended seven Met Galas, performed at 2, and was on many best-dressed lists at last year’s 2017 Comme des Garçons exhibition. Versace is, by far, the most veteran of the group — she’s been to 16 events over the years.

Vogue reports that for the exhibition itself, over 150 ensembles will be on display, including the nun-educated Coco Chanel, and John Galliano, whose “transgressive Fall 2000 Couture collection for Christian Dior opened with a mitred, incense-swinging pope-like figure who proceeded down the runway to a voice intoning: ‘Understand the concept of love.’”

I, for one, can’t wait to see how the sacred interplays with the sacrilegious on May 7, 2018.


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