The 2018 Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art theme was revealed Wednesday: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
Last year’s theme was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” and many celebrities showed up at the star-studded event in barely-there gowns. With this year’s religious theme people wonder what the dresses will be like. (RELATED: The Best Looks From The 2017 Met Gala [SLIDESHOW])
“We have confidence that the exhibition will inspire understanding, creativity and, along the way, constructive dialogue, which is precisely a museum’s role in our civil society,” Daniel H. Weiss, president and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, explained of the religious theme.
“We know it could be controversial for right-wing or conservative Catholics and for liberal Catholics,” Andrew Bolton, the curator, shared. “There will always be viewers who want to reduce it to a political polemic.”
“The focus is on a shared hypothesis about what we call the Catholic imagination and the way it has engaged artists and designers and shaped their approach to creativity, as opposed to any kind of theology or sociology,” he added. “Beauty has often been a bridge between believers and unbelievers.”
The honorary chairs of this year’s event include Amal Clooney, Rihanna, and designer Donatella Versace.
In addition, the event will be the largest one to date as it will span three galleries and include some 50 ecclesiastical garments and accessories on loan from the Vatican, along more than a hundred pieces from fashion houses that use Catholic iconography.
Here is just a sample of the kind outfits on the red carpet at last year’s event, including Victoria’s Secret models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid practically naked in their attire.