Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Delicate veils, jeweled crowns and elaborate trains made up the holy trinity of haute couture at Monday’s religion-themed Met Gala.

Always on point Sarah Jessica Parker chose her gown and headdress from a series of drawings by Dolce & Gabbana. The intricate headpiece was a Neapolitan nativity altar made to scale by the Italian design house.

If anyone can make a mitre modern, it’s Rihanna. The Grammy-winning artist arrived dripping in pearls and crystals in a Maison Margiela Artisanal minidress and ornate robe. Rihanna is never one to shy away from a grand entrance. Last year, she wowed in a dress covered in fluttery petal-like pieces by Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.

Amal Clooney and Rita Ora were among the early arrivals to this year’s Met Gala, the annual fundraising fete in New York that brings out Hollywood’s elite for an evening of fashion and charity.

Clooney, one of the evening’s co-chairs, arrived early in a striking silver corseted top, matched with black slacks and a cascading metallic, rose-patterned skirt. The ensemble was from designer Richard Quinn.Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Though the recent Vogue cover girl arrived with movie star husband George Clooney, the Academy Award winner knew his place. “I’m the flower on the side,” he joked to reporters.

The theme of this year’s exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute — “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” which focuses on the influence of Catholicism on fashion — manifested itself in red, the color worn by cardinals, and fuchsia, worn by bishops.

This year’s co-chairs include Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Rihanna and Donatella Versace. The gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which each year welcomes celebrities from film, TV, fashion, sports and music.Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

Holy haute couture: Met Gala blends fashion, some religion

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