Goddesses, angels and a pope rock Catholic-inspired Met Gala

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Gold crosses, halo-inspired headdresses and angel wings filled the red carpet at New York's Met Gala on Monday, as some of the world's biggest celebrities embraced the religious theme of the so-called Oscars of the East Coast.

From saints to sinners, guests took to heart the 2018 theme of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute ball.

Pop singer Rihanna, one of the co-hosts of the evening, dressed like a pope, sporting a head-turning, jewel-encrusted miter with matching mini-dress with a priestly-style cape designed by Maison Margiela.

Singer Katy Perry wowed in enormous, feathered white wings resembling an archangel over a Versace gold mini-dress paired with thigh-high gold boots.

The invitation-only Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibition.

Angels, crosses and papal gear fill Met Gala 2018 red carpet

  • Singer Katy Perry wowed in enormous, feathered white wings resembling an archangel over a Versace gold mini-dress paired with thigh-high gold boots.
  • Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk turned heads when he made his Met Ball debut with rumoured new girlfriend, Canadian singer-songwriter Grimes.
  • According to The New York Post, a source said that they met around a month ago online, of course, through a joke Musk had planned to tweet but discovered Grimes had already made, dealing with the complications of artificial intelligence.
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  • Pop singer Rihanna, one of the co-hosts of the evening, dressed like a pope, sporting a head-turning, jewel-encrusted miter with matching mini-dress with a priestly-style cape designed by Maison Margiela.
  • Model Bella Hadid opted for the darker side of the religious-inspired theme, wearing a Chrome Hearts black latex and leather outfit with long black gloves, and a black gold-embroidered veil trailing to the floor.
  • Madonna, a key religious provocateur early in her pop career, turned demure in a black, long-sleeved gown, with a huge gold crown, and a full face veil.
  • Kim Kardashian, appearing without husband Kanye West, kept it simple in a curve-hugging, gold metallic floor length dress with plunging neckline by Versace.
  • Actress Olivia Munn went for a Crusades-inspired figure-hugging gold chain-mail dress from high street retailer H&M
  • "Sex and the City" actress Sarah Jessica Parker opted for a gold Dolce & Gabbana gown embroidered with sacred hearts and a towering nativity scene headpiece.
  • Headpieces, often halo-style, were in abundance, favoured by the likes of British singer Rita Ora, actress Anne Hathaway
  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  • and rapper Cardi B, as were trains flowing for yards down the long Met Museum steps.
  • Jennifer Lopez chose a Balmain dress, split to the hip, with a large cross across the breast and a black feathered train.
  • Ariana Grande arrived in a Vera Wang gown that's screen-printed with images from Michaelangelo's iconic fresco, The Last Judgement, which adorns the sanctuary wall of the Sistine Chapel. She topped it off with a billowy gold veil bow.
  • “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman was among the few men going avant-garde in an ivory cape with gold beaded crosses, an embellished suit, and gold colored shoes.
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Kate Bosworth
  • Blake Lively
  • Lily Collins
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Priyanka Chopra
  • Alessandro Michele, Lana del Rey, and Jared Leto
  • Diane Kruger
  • Irina Shayk
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Deepika Padukone
  • Amal and George Clooney
  • Rita Ora
  • Ming Xi

The 2018 exhibit, which like the Met Gala is entitled "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," shows how Catholicism has influenced fashion and designers through the decades and features more than 50 vestments and other religious items direct from the Vatican.

Model Bella Hadid opted for the darker side of the religious-inspired theme, wearing a Chrome Hearts black latex and leather outfit with long black gloves, and a black gold-embroidered veil trailing to the floor.

Actress Olivia Munn went for a Crusades-inspired figure-hugging gold chain-mail dress from high street retailer H&M, while British actor Andrew Garfield, the Tony-nominated star of the "Angels in America" revival now on Broadway, chose papal red for his velvet jacket.

Monday's dress code was "Sunday Best," allowing guests to use their imagination with looks ranging from heavenly white (Dakota Fanning) to angelic yellow (Amanda Seyfried) and skin-baring black lace (Zoe Kravitz).

Headpieces, often halo-style, were in abundance, favoured by the likes of British singer Rita Ora, actress Anne Hathaway and rapper Cardi B, as were trains flowing for yards down the long Met Museum steps.

Crosses were also ubiquitous, worn around necks, hands or belts by the likes of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, actress Uma Thurman and actress Lily Collins.

The red carpet is followed by a sit-down dinner and a tour of the "Heavenly Bodies" exhibit.

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