Things I learned from the Met Gala 2018

By: Yulia Nakagome

On May 7, some of the biggest celebrity names gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to attend the annual Met Gala. This year, the theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” There are few things sadder than sitting at home, scrolling through photographs of Blake Lively’s million dollar diamond halo in my $5 T-shirt, under my $10 blanket, with my half-a-cent self, but scroll I did. Some outfits were heavenly and others fell short of even imaginative. Here are a few things that I learned:

1.) Jared Leto is actually Jesus. Several of the male attendees at the Gala donned white suits or slapped cross-shaped pins on their lapels in the most underwhelming show of the “Catholic Imagination,” but Leto, who was dressed head to toe in Gucci, gave Jesus a run for his money. Leto’s blue suit, bright floral stole and gold crown might have been what caught people’s eyes initially, but I would have to say the key point of his look was what Time Magazine described as his “flowing, shoulder-length locks.” Lana Del Rey, who walked the red carpet with Leto, was not to be outdone. In a reference to the Virgin Mary, “Our Lady of Sorrows,” from the Bible, Del Rey showed up to the Gala with seven jeweled daggers protruding from a golden heart over her chest.

2.) The Met Gala is invite only, and a ticket costs $30,000, according to The New York Times. Once you pay the 30 grand, unless you can cough up an extra $275,000 for a table, you can just sit on the floor, I guess. Not that this would necessarily be a problem for people who roll up to fundraisers for art museums in designer clothing.

3.) Vogue Magazine put together a slideshow on their website through which people could weigh in on Greta Gerwig’s nun-inspired gown or the bush on Frances McDormand’s head. At the bottom of each photograph, Vogue asked online visitors whether the featured look was “elegant,” “original” or “daring.” All of those options sound like things you would say when you are trying really hard not to offend someone — oh Mrs. McDormand, that is an original headpiece— which was perhaps kinder of Vogue than letting salty non-invitees unleash their unfiltered opinions on celebrities’ styles.

4.) It is fairly unknown what happens inside the Met Gala. The red carpet is a highly publicized event, but beyond that, posting on social media is prohibited, The New York Times reports. It makes me wonder what kinds of things are going on inside the $3.5 million event. After the red carpet, guests supposedly enjoy live performances, drinks and dinner, the latter which, according to Bustle Magazine, cannot include parsley or bruschetta as per the request of the host, Anna Wintour. I do not know what parsley did to offend Wintour, but I guess if your net worth is ten times that of the Met Gala, banning a whole herb is something you can do on a whim. Imagine that.


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