The 2018 Met Gala Ball Theme Is The Most Controversial Yet

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Rihanna at the 2015 China-themed Met Gala Ball (Getty Images)

Oh, the Met Gala Ball: one of the highlights of the celebrity and fashion calendars and arguably the best gallery of style porn to scroll through of the year.

The glamourous launch party for the annual fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Insitute in New York throws up first-class A-list gossip without fail (the Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston dance-off that led to the I Heart TS T-shirt anyone?) and is a fabulously creative showcase of some truly jaw-dropping outfits.

Each shebang sees the star-studded guest list dress in accordance with the exhibition’s theme. The last three – Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, Fashion in an Age of Technology and China: Through The Looking Glass – have been fun and relatively controversy free, but rumour has it that organisers of the 2018 bash are throwing caution to the wind and focusing their show around fashion and religion. Because religion never causes problems, right?


The “serious and ambitious” project was masterminded ages ago, according to WWD, and seeks to explore designers’ relationship with religious iconography such as crosses, stained glass windows, halos and Madonnas throughout history. Think plenty of Dolce and Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier, basically.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has declined to confirm speculation about the theme, insisting that an official announcement will be made in due course.

The weirdest and most wonderful Met Ball Gala outfits ever:

Claire Danes

On first appearance, this dress by Zac Posen was simply a strapless princess ball gown. But once inside the event with the lights out, Claire Danes’ dress really came to life…or should we say light? This dress was a glow in the dark number. Round of applause to Zac for going to town on the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ theme in 2016.

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Tabitha Simmons

This dress in 2016 was all about its fierce structure – check out those shoulder pads! If you’re going to do costume, do costume properly like Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana. She even draped on extra jewels to this lavish look.

Tabitha Simmons

Anne Hathaway

For the 2015 Met Gala, Anne Hathaway wore a gold hooded dress. Anne told Vanity Fair: “I actually feel weirdly confident having a hood over my head. There’s something protective about it. If someone asks me a question I don’t like, I can pull down the hoodie and just walk away.” Sounds sensible to us, Anne.

Larry Busacca


Lupita originally hated her feathered Prada dress for the 2014 Met Gala according to Vogue, but then loved it once it was on the hanger. We think you look fab Lupita!


Grace Coddington

Why wear an uncomfortable heavy gown on the red carpet when you can wear silk PJs? That was former model and current Creative Director for U.S Vogue Grace Coddington’s ethos at the 2015 Met Gala ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’. Comfy and chic. Now we’re talking

Grace Coddington Met Gala 2015


Sarah Jessica Parker went crazy with this glam gown and wild headdress for the 2015 Met Gala. Serious not giving a f**k points. She’s a girl after our heart after turning to H&M for her design. It was a custom-made piece that the high street store and SJP collaborated on together. H&M said the piece highlights their vision of “…making fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable.” Nice.

Sarah Jessica Parker


Madonna wore a sheer dress by Givenchy to the 2016 Met Gala. She shouldn’t have had to explain herself to anyone but she felt the need due to so much criticism:
“…When it comes to Women’s rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I’m not going to start.” You go girl.

Madonna Met Gala


Rihanna’s yellow dress with a 75ft train – we kid you not – must be one of the most talked about Met Gala dresses of all time. It was so long she needed train bearers which made it seem like the 2015 Met Gala was her big day. She literally owned the event with the theme ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’. Rihanna chose a Chinese couturier (Guo Pei) to design it and it took two years to make.

Rihanna Met Gala

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles’ canary yellow ensemble by David Laport at the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology’ Met Gala in 2016 didn’t exactly fit the theme. And did she care? Not really. Many speculated the lemonade coloured look was in support of sister Beyonce last year. If so, we salute her even more.

Julie Macklowe

American beauty entrepeneur Julie Macklowe attended the ‘Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology’ 2016 Met Gala wearing a robotic jumpsuit that was embellished all over and fitted the theme perfectly. Brave pays off.

Julie Macklowe Met Gala 2016

The Met Gala will be held on Monday 7 May next year. Our reckoning is that the wait will be worth it for the morning after gossip. It is going to go off-ski.

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