Met’s Religious Theme is Polemic

Daniela Rodriguez

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The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Every year the gala has a different theme reflecting the art and guests usually mimic this theme in their outlandish outfits.

In 2016 the theme was Age of Technology and in 2017 it was Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons. This year the theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

Although the Vatican did approve of the theme, some Christians where still upset over the Gala. The Vatican loaned 42 glitzy objects from the Sistine Chapel sacristy to the Met.

Celebrities wore many crosses and religious figures on their dresses. One of the most controversial looks was Rhianna’s. She was wearing a Papal inspired dress and Mitre like accessory.

Many Catholics on Twitter said that this was making fun of the Catholic leader and that their religion was not a fashion show.  On the other hand, some Catholics loved this year’s theme and thought that the dresses were lovely and respectful. Mrs. Anthony was curious if her students were interested, “Did you guys see the Met Gala?” she opted to enjoy the spectacle rather than get political and merely commented, “It was beautiful.”

Another very controversial Outfit was Lana Del Rey’s s Gucci gown which was inspired by the seven sorrows. The seven sorrows is the image of Mary with seven daggers piercing her chest because of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Mariana Anton, who plans to pursue a career in fashion, thought that the theme pushed the celebrants to a new level. She explains, “I loved the Met Gala and the theme, it made it more elegant and classy.” 

As with anything online, everyone will have a different opinions and each person will make their own decision if the outfits went too far or remained respectful.

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