Always the biggest event in any annual fashion calendar, the Met Gala 2018 has finally arrived.
And while we were getting excited, still all marvelling at the fashion from last year's Met Gala - as guests came and tried their hand at the Rei Kawakubo theme (with Rihanna nailing it most) - we were also apprehensive, thanks to this year's theme.
In one of the most interesting of years gone by, this year saw the theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" taken on by the institute. The actual exhibition showcased a dialogue between iconic fashion pieces and religious art - from paintings to the real papal attire on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy.
Trying to show the influence of religion and liturgical vestments in fashion, the exhibition borrowed 150 garments from the archives of the likes of Balenciaga, Versace, Chanel and Dior - most of which historically have a close relationship with religion.
The exhibition, which was sponsored by Donatella Versace, alongside investors Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, will be on view from 10 May to 8 October, 2018. It will be held at a literal "trinity of locations": the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and at the upper Manhattan museum, The Cloisters. As for the actual gala, it will take place on the first Monday of May, as per usual.
This Spring/Summer season we saw several designers show religious motifs in their collections - including the event's sponsor Donatella Versace for Versace, John Galliano for Maison Margiela, and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy - but it's hard to know how the famous guests will take on the theme, especially in such politically charged times.
Here are all of our favourite Met Gala dresses 2018 that embraced the theme.
Met Gala 2018 Dresses: All the arrivals on this year's red carpet