The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Benefit — more colloquially known as the Met Gala — is undeniably fashion’s biggest night, which means it’s the ultimate event for celebrities to take the sartorial risks that they might not on an awards show red carpet or in every day life. The 2018 Met Gala theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination provided ample opportunity for this year’s attendees to flex their creativity.
While Rihanna, a noted Met Gala maven, fully committed to the theme by showing up in a papal ensemble, others, like Greta Gerwig and Zendaya leaned into the theme by drawing inspiration from figures like Joan of Arc and the clergy. From the night’s saints to the sinners, here’s a look at the best, worst, and craziest looks from the 2018 Met Gala red carpet.
Met Gala MVP: Rihanna in Maison Margiela
It’s a fact universally acknowledged that Rihanna is the reigning queen of the Met Gala red carpet; her fierce looks not only always bring the heat, but always, always adhere to the theme. So it should come as no surprise that this year, the bad gal pulled out all the stops for her look as the night’s co-host for the gala, by wearing a custom, pearl and crystal-encrusted Maison Margiela look inspired by a papal regalia and complete with a matching mitre hat. Navy, meet your new Pope, Rihanna.
Best Homage to a Saint: Zendaya in Versace
There’s following a theme and then there’s committing to it. Zendaya falls into the later category. While many people looked to Catholic saint Joan of Arc for inspiration for the night, Zendaya’s chain mail and armor-inspired Versace look dominated the red carpet.
Best Group Look: Jared Leto and Lana del Rey in Gucci
Musicians Jared Leto and Lana del Rey were ethereal beings on the Met Gala red carpet in full look Gucci; Leto channeled a Baroque Jesus with a golden crown sitting on his flowing shoulder-length locks, while del Rey took accessories to the next level with an avian headpiece and a cream gown that had a 3-dimensional sacred heart embellishment, complete with mini daggers.
Best Group Look, Honorable Mention: The Migos in Versace
It seems only right that the Migos, who rose to fame in the music scene with their single, “Versace,” came attired to the 2018 Met Gala in suits made out of the Italian fashion house’s trademark bold print fabric.
Most Angelic: SZA in Versace
SZA confirmed that she is, actually, an angel on earth with a divine pink Versace gown and a matching delicate gold halo.
Best Goth: Lily Collins in Givenchy
Lily Collins had no fear of going to the dark side when she showed up on the Met Gala red carpet in an edgy black Givenchy gown paired with a black halo and celestial tears makeup.
Best Integration of Catholic Art: Ariana Grande in Vera Wang
Ariana Grande made her Met Gala debut in a sweeping ball gown by Vera Wang that featured the famed art from the Sistine Chapel, which was painted by Michelangelo. Ari topped it all off with her trademark high ponytail and an effusive bow.