The 2018 Met Gala Theme Is Revealed

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

UPDATE: The Met Gala 2018 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?

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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 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.