Met Gala 2018: fashion faithful don crosses, angel wings and robes for religious-themed red carpet

It’s the fashion event of the year, where some of the world’s biggest celebrities embraced the Catholic theme for the fundraising ball. Check out some of the most extravagant outfits of the night

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 May, 2018, 9:48am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 May, 2018, 10:22am

Gold crosses, halo-inspired headdresses and angel wings filled the red carpet at New York’s Met Gala, as some of the world’s biggest celebrities embraced the religious theme of the so-called Oscars of the east coast of America.

From saints to sinners, guests took to heart the 2018 theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute ball.

Pop singer Rihanna, one of the co-hosts of the evening, dressed like a pope, sporting a head-turning, jewel-encrusted mitre with matching minidress and a priestly-style cape designed by Maison Margiela.

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Singer Katy Perry wowed in enormous, feathered white wings resembling an archangel over a Versace gold minidress paired with thigh-high gold boots.

The invitation-only Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition.

The 2018 exhibit, which has the same title as the gala’s theme, shows how Catholicism has influenced fashion and designers through the decades, and features more than 50 vestments and other religious items direct from the Vatican.

Model Bella Hadid opted for the darker side of the religious-inspired theme, wearing a Chrome Hearts black latex and leather outfit with long black gloves, and a black gold-embroidered veil trailing to the floor.

Crosses were also ubiquitous, worn around necks, hands or belts by the likes of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, actress Uma Thurman and actress Lily Collins.