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Inspiration / Met Gala Dresses 2018

The Met Gala is the biggest event of the year when it comes to fashion and fundraising.  It was first founded in 1948 by Eleanor Lambert to encourage donations from New York's high society.  Today it sees the most famous of faces in film, music, fashion, art all come together to raise money for the Met's Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of its latest exhibition.  Each year there is a different exhibition theme and the dresses the guests wear usually commemorate this.  The red carpet on the first Monday of May this year saw the stars dress to the theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination.  

The Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition features some 40 Vatican vestments and accessories spanning 15 papacies, which curator Andrew Bolton is said to have visited at least 10 times to secure pieces which have never left the Vatican's possession before. Items such as Pope Benedict XV's white silk cape embroidered with gold thread and the pointed bishop's hat of Pope Leo XIII, will go on display alongside pieces by Coco Chanel, who was educated by nuns, John Galliano, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Donatella Versace, who is a sponsor of the exhibition.

The guests at the Met Gala this year honed in on the theme and we saw the likes of Anna Wintour and Rihanna dressed as the pope himself.  Rihanna particularly wowed the paparazzi and her peers as she wore a white beaded Margiela corset mini dress under a full skirt, with a beaded bishop’s hat to match. The outfit was accessorized with a pearl anklet and a bejeweled crucifix necklace.

Alongside Gigi Hadid's stained glass window themed Versace dress, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dressed as an angel in Ralph Lauren, Madonna's star-spangled crown of crucifixes, and Ariana Grande in a Vera Wang dress whose fabric depicted scenes from Michelangelo's The Last Judgment there was a clear colour theme amongst the other guests with their gowns which included red hues and tones.  We, of course, couldn't help but notice how these trends match our Spring/Summer collection of laptop and pencil cases and also our notebooks from Notem.

 

SOME OF THE DRESSES WE LOVE

 


Anne Hathaway in Valentino Couture

 



Amber Heard in Carolina Herrera

 


Blake Lively in Versace

 



Bee Shaffer in Valentino

 


Scarlett Johannson in Marchesa 

 


Deepika Padukone in Prabal Gurung

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