It's the first Monday in May which, to most of the world, means still nursing a Cinco de Mayo hangover. But in Anna Wintour's world — also referred to as the fashion-cum-socialite industry — it's arguably the most important event of the year: the Met Gala. This year's theme is the first to branch into religion with its Vatican-approved exhibit Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Cathotlic Imagination.
If we're taking bets, we're not not anticipating Madonna-esque (the musician, not the OG Holy Mother) iron crosses c/o Chanel, gilded capes, and shrouds and veils that would fit right in with the cast of The Handmaid's Tale. But the Met Gala's red carpet always has a way of surprising us — and reminding us just why we tune in to the over-the-top event year after year. With every new and unexpected theme comes, well, new and unexpected fashion that breaks out of the "pretty" mold. This is the moment the avant-garde pieces the industry lives and thrives by can really shine.
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Would you expect any less from the host of tonight's event? We put $10 down that the Pope would make a cameo appearance tonight. If Pope Rihanna in Maison Margiela is the closest we get, well, we still consider it a win.
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Anna Wintour: Vogue editor-in-chief, Condé Nast artistic director, Metropolitan Museum of Art trustee, Future Patron Saint of Fashion. If you've ever questioned whether Wintour is as all powerful as she seems, this image of her in an ethereal Chanel gown as pristine and white as the Pope's cassock oughta prove it.
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How do you make a statement that grabs the church's attention? If you're Lena Waithe and Carolina Herrera, you wear your message in the form of a rainbow cape.
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Lili Reinhart ranks as a pretty divine being on her own, but paired with with this jaw-dropping renaissance high-low custom gown c/o H&M, she's somehow now divine and relatable.
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First Queen Elizabeth, now Amal Clooney. Looks like budding British designer Richard Quinn is winning over royalty in every realm. While we're over the moon for Amal's large pant-train combo, we can't help but chuckle along with her husband, who reportedly joked that their two kids were hiding under there.
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We're still trying to decide whether J.Lo falls under the camp of mysterious celebrities who may be vampires. In this Balmain cross-encrusted look (leg-baring slit included), Jenny from the Block looks the same as she did 20+ years ago.
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Evan Rachel Wood's current role may be playing an AI host, but a spin at an archangel is something we're sure she'd play just as well. She's gilded feathered vision in Altuzarra.
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Priyanka Chopra's royal oxblood gown is refreshing step away from the black, white, and gold littering the carpet this year. She stuns in a Ralph Lauren gown topped off with a gold netted veil.
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The dress code attire did say Sunday Best, and we're ripe to believe that that's exactly what Kylie Jenner had in mind with this custom Alexander Wang cut-out gown.
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No front to the true designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, but this all black gown and netted shroud screams Madonna by Madonna. Rihanna may be hosting this year's event, but Madonna was always set to be this theme's guest of honor.
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We'd like to think Kerry Washington's long-sleeve Ralph Lauren dress is a subtle nod to just how much gold the Catholic Church owns.
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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in vintage Paco Rabanne. We feel blessed.