“She passes by, hearing herself praised,
Graciously clothed with humility,
And she appears to be a creature who has come
From Heaven to Earth to show a miracle.”
(“Tanto Gentile e Tanto Onesta Pare,” Sonnet by Dante Alighieri, included in “La Vita Nova”)
And a miracle really happened Monday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: The Holy, the art, the creativity and the beauty met on the red carpet of the Met Gala 2018, giving life to a procession that can only be defined as divine.
This year, the theme of the annual charity gala, and consequently of the outfits, was the relationship between fashion and religion, in agreement with the exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” that will open on May 10th. The fear of trespassing upon profanity was very high and a lot of people were skeptical about the success of the evening.
Anna Wintour, among the promoters of the gala, opened the dances to a parade of original creations that instead amazed everyone, making the Met Gala 2018 one of the most interesting and surprising fashion events of recent years. Many celebrities attended the event, from actors and actresses like Anne Hathaway, Chadwick Boseman, and Kate Bosworth, to top models like the Hadid Sisters, Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner to the singers, perhaps those who have worn the most impressive dresses: Just think about the Pope dress of Rihanna, the outfits of Lana del Rey and Jared Leto up to the dress and accessories flaunted by Madonna.
Among the guests, there were also some of the designers who created the looks worn by the guests, such as Pierpaolo Piccioli, Jeremy Scott, Alessandro Michele and Vera Wang. Over the centuries, sanctity has been an inspiration for every art, from music to painting, and also fashion obviously. In this regard, yesterday evening confirmed how religion and fashion are erroneously considered distant worlds: indeed, their relationship has ancient origins and is still alive today, even if through original and unexpected results.
A lot of accessories inspired by sacred ornaments, flashy jewels, precious embroidery and angelic forms have enchanted the whole world. Now the hope is that those creations, even visions, that have populated the last night will continue to arouse wonder over the centuries, becoming unanimously recognized and venerated forms of art.