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The Met Gala 2018 theme has been officially announced & it’s bound to cause controversy

Text: Ciara Sheppard; Photography: IMaxTree

November 9, 2017

The Met Gala is always the biggest day in the fashion calendar. It feels like ages since we marvelled at the fashion at the Met Gala 2017, as guests came and tried their hand at the Rei Kawakubo theme (with Rihanna nailing it most). Well in exciting fashion news, the theme for the 2018 style spectacle has been officially revealed, along with its sponsors and date.

The Met Gala 2018 theme has been officially announced & it's bound to cause controversy

In one of the most interesting Met Gala themes of years gone by, next Spring will see the theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” taken on by the institute. The actual exhibition is set to showcase a dialogue between iconic fashion pieces and religious art – from paintings to the actual papal attire on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy.

Trying to show the influence of religion and liturgical vestments in fashion, the exhibition will borrow 150 garments from the archives of the likes of Balenciaga, Versace, Chanel and Dior – most of which have a history of a close relationship with religion. We predict the stars will look to these brands for their take on the theme.

The exhibition, which will be sponsored by Donatella Versace, alongside investors Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, will be on view from 10 May to 8 October 2018. It will be held at a literal “trinity of locations”: the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and at the upper Manhattan museum, The Cloisters. As for the actual gala, it will take place on the first Monday of May, as per usual.

The Met Gala 2018 theme has been officially announced & it's bound to cause controversy

This Spring/Summer season we’ve seen several designers show religious motifs in their collections – including the event’s sponsor Donatella Versace for Versace, John Galliano for Maison Margiela, and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy – but it’s hard to know how the famous guests will take on the theme, especially in such politically charged times. Might Beyoncé come as the Virgin Mary? Miley Cyrus in a nun habit, perhaps?

Only time will tell…

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