It’s New York’s version of the Academy Awards and biased to the city we call home, we do it better. Our red carpet has a cause beyond Hollywood. Unlike Los Angeles self-regarding affair, New York’s edition is a fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Yes, a pretty awesome event at one of our beloved institutions.

The event is one of our favorites to cover; last year the Met Gala honored Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. On May 7, 2018, the Met Gala is taking things to a whole new level as the theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, with the Costume Institute announcing its exhibition of the same name. While Jimmy Kimmel did a nice job, your New York hosts will be Rihanna, Amal Clooney, and Donatella Versace. Close call? We don’t think so.

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition will feature a cross between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early 20th century to the present will be shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.

There is expected to be 150 ensembles on display, including pieces by Coco Chanel, and by John Galliano. As if we needed to sell the exhibit. The gala is an epic display of stars, beauty and cultural. All under the roof we love and appreciate.  You should definitely visit the exhibit but if you can somehow get near the red carpet, you will NOT be disappointed!  Cheers to our Oscars!

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