UPDATE: The 2018 Met Gala Ball Theme Is Revealed

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

UPDATE: Next year’s Met Gala theme has been revealed as Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The Costume Institute also announced its exhibition of the same name, will open in May. The hosts for the evening will be RihannaAmal Clooney and Donatella Versace.

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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Claire Danes

SJP

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.

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SJP

Madonna

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.

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Madonna

Rihanna

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.

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Rihanna

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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Originally posted: 13 August 2017

Update: 9th November 2017

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