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Monday night, celebrities and regular rich folk alike descended on the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the annual Met Gala, the fundraiser for the museum that’s often called the Oscars for fashion.
This year’s costume exhibit theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” and celebrities were invited to dress in their interpretation of Catholicism’s influence on fashion. Many chose to honor the theme by wearing headpieces. While ostentatious veils and and bejeweled crowns are beautiful accessories, they also nod to Catholic ritual and history. Some were literal, while others were hybrids of several traditions. Some took a lot of creative liberties.
Here’s a round up of the best of the best of them.
Plenty of celebrities chose to wear veils, presumably as an homage to imagery of the Virgin Mary, the most important virgin in Catholicism (sorry, priests). Historically, veils have signified modesty. Wearing a chapel veil to Mass was a tradition for a long time in the Catholic Church. (Remember Melania Trump’s veil when she visited the Vatican?)
Some Met Gala attendees wore crowns, which show up often in Catholicism. Popes wear papal tiaras, and Mary, Jesus’s mother, is also often pictured with a crown in her designation as the queen of heaven. In art, Mary gets coronated by angels (or by God Himself). At the Met Gala, you get crowned by your stylist.
Mindy Kaling wore the crown of all crowns (although it was incredibly unclear how it stayed on her head).
Lynda Carter wore a gold crown with Hebrew words that read “Never forget.”
Amanda Seyfried wore a crown and the vibes of “Ray of Light” Madonna.
Madonna fulfilled her destiny.
Emilia Clarke obviously wore a crown because she’s Daenerys Targaryen, queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Jared Leto. Hey, Jesus.
Halos are symbols of holiness. So if you’re an angel, a saint, Jesus, closely related to Jesus, or otherwise divine, you are depicted with one in art. It’s basically a way to tell who the normies are.
Anne Hathaway wore a very good/complicated one. It sort of looks like a halo but also could symbolize Jesus’s crown of thorns. Good job, Annie.
Janelle Monáe’s Yung Pope hat doubles as a halo. Layers, people.
Lana Del Rey
Several people went for a Joan of Arc theme. While not all wore headpieces (like Michelle Williams, Shailene Woodley, and Zendaya), some chose to channel the French saint and the crusades, “protecting” their heads with jewels and metal ringlets.
Olivia Munn wore a chainmail dress and headdress, which was reportedly inspired by the Crusades.
Cara Delevingne has several themes going on here, but the overall vibe is very Joan of Arc, so please just go with it.
For those choosing to bring next-level representation of the theme, there were pope hats, also called mitres. No one gets to wear one except the pope. Which is why...
Rihanna wore one by Maison Margiela.
Oh, and Sarah Jessica Parker wore one too, with artsy embellishment.
A few attendees showed up wearing eye-catching headdresses that didn’t quite fit into motifs of classic Catholic theology. Okay, no wait, there was only one: Frances McDormand, in the most surprising outfit of the evening. Amen.