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These Are All The ‘Heavenly Bodies’ That Graced The Met Gala Red Carpet

The invitation-only Met Gala event, Heavenly Bodies, implored that its innovative guests mix “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The annual gala, also known as the Met Ball, is held to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City and is a “who’s who” of celebrities across all industries.

Supporting the Met at the 2018 gala was a host of well-known names and faces from sports, the music industry, fashion, and Hollywood, all donning attire inspired by the Catholic faith. Of the more anticipated looks was Madonna, who first appeared at the event in a black Jean Paul Gaultier gown complete with a netted veil and cross-decorated crown. During a surprise performance, however, her look got a little more heavenly as she sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and her own 1989 hit, “Like a Prayer.”

Madonna was far from the only star to wow the crowd and the pop queen may have even been subdued by Rihanna’s Pope-inspired garb. The sparkling dress and matching “Pope hat” captured the theme of Catholicism spot on and were amplified by her bejeweled crucifix and pearl anklet.

Starlets and stars galore sauntered up the red carpet for their moment in the spotlight, including the likes of Selena Gomez, Kate Bosworth, Olivia Munn, Daniel Kaluuya, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Shailene Woodley, and Issa Rae. Gala co-chair Donatella Versace was also present on the red carpet along with the evening’s honorary co-chair, Amal Clooney.

Dresses and even some of the men’s suits ranged from the more subdued, like Gisele Bundchen’s thigh-high slit and husband Tom Brady’s black suit with ornate gold trim, to the outlandish and spot on, like Ariana Grande’s dress made from a Sistine Chapel print and Chadwick Boseman’s indescribable, albeit incredible, cross-laden cape and suit.

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah went for a loud look of a large rhinestone cross on his shoulder while Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey stunned with an incredible mix of fashion and religious overtones.

Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Gigi Hadid, Stephen Colbert, Kylie Jenner, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Emilia Clarke, and Mary J Blige all arrived in their own very different interpretations of the Met Gala’s theme, each one a dramatic representation of Catholicism.