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Met Gala 2018: Fashion Preview for ‘Sunday Best’ Dress Code | THR News

Met Gala 2018: Fashion Preview for ‘Sunday Best’ Dress Code | THR News


The 2018 Met Gala — aka the fashion Super Bowl — is almost here, and stylist Elizabeth Saltzman jokes that “there isn’t a cross left in New York City.” She is, of course, referring to the dress code of this year’s event, which is ‘Sunday Best” to tie in with the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. Plenty of A-listers are slated to attend the annual extravaganza, with one luxury fashion house representative revealing they have heard there may be some “Pope” looks and some “Madonna” looks — “the virgin mother and the singer,” although only the singer will actually be in attendance. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour will grace the red carpet as will gala co-chairs Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace. They will be joined by celebrities such as Chadwick Boseman, Evan Rachel Wood, Priyanka Chopra, Gary Oldman, Selena Gomez, Jimmy Fallon, Jared Leto and Jaden Smith. Sources say there will also be a small red carpet moment for Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling and Anne Hathaway, who star in the upcoming film ‘Ocean’s 8’ which centers around a female crew who pull off a diamond heist at the Met Gala. Over the past 70 years, the Met Gala — a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute — has had its fair share of controversy where dress codes are concerned. Last year’s Comme des Garcons exhibition opened with a bash that called for “avant-garde” dress and had Jaden Smith carrying his freshly-shorn dreadlocks in his hand. And in 2013, the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition had the most privileged stars on the planet trying to mimic an anti-establishment fashion movement of working-class heroes. Wiz Khalifa’s stylist for the evening — Jason Bolden, who is also styling Yara Shahidi and Sasha Lane — says, “I was actually kinda nervous, that it was going to be controversial like last year. But I have to say, out of all my Met galas, I’m the most confident about this one. You’re going to have classic Versace vibes with crosses, and you will also have Rihanna taking it to the max. I hope people don’t go so obvious.” But there could be controversy, however, as the exhibition, which runs May 10 to Oct. 8, explores the role dress plays in the Roman Catholic Church, and includes medieval artifacts, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel, many of which have not been seen outside the Vatican. These will be displayed alongside divine garments by Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, among other designers, many of whom were raised Catholic and inspired in their work by the church’s pomp and pageantry. The 2018 Met Gala red carpet action begins at 4 p.m. PT. on Monday May 7th, and you can check out thr.com/style for full coverage. For The Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Lyndsey Rodrigues.

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