The 2018 Met Gala's theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination had tongues wagging the very second it was announced—and, well, it is no secret that religion and the church are undoubtedly some of the trickiest subjects to tackle, even in fashion. So are these looks blasphemous or brilliant? Below, three controversial red carpet appearances that got the town talking.
Lana del Rey arrived as a Gucci-swathed Virgin Mary of Sorrows. Let's please talk about how she's got a feathered seraphim perched on her head and an actual gilded sacred heart over her chest.
‘Virgen de Dolorosa’, depiction of the ‘seven swords’ Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, representing her Seven Sorrows, (artist unknown) // Lana Del Rey at the 2018 Met Gala. pic.twitter.com/ixgxqwuiCz— TabloidArtHistory (@TabloidArtHist) May 7, 2018
As the internet repeatedly declares, everyone else can go home the moment Rihanna sweeps in. This year she made her grand entrance done up in an intricate, bishop-inspired Maison Margiela number elaborate enough to belong in the Vatican.
I love that people at the Met Gala bother even when they know Rihanna is coming. The resilience of the human spirit is incredible.— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) May 7, 2018
I hope the pope anouces his retirement after seeing rihanna's met gala outfit pic.twitter.com/uAvHItLTDr— ðŸŒˆ â™¡ :( Ë¢áµ‰â¿áµ–áµƒá¶¦ Ë¢áµ‰â¿áµ–áµƒá¶¦ (@nctitts) May 7, 2018
Taylor Hill's sexy, irreverent take on papal garb had eyebrows raised and lungs laughing. That reference is divinely hilarious.