The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute is reportedly not going to play it safe with the theme of next year’s Met Gala and corresponding exhibition: It is taking on religion. On the heels of this year’s Comme des Garcons-themed affair, planning for the May 20018 event is the very early stages, and fashion’s biggest night might be a holy affair according to sources of WWD.
Under the direction of Conde Nast's artistic director Anna Wintour, the gala has become the undisputed event of the year on the New York social schedule and has raised more than $145 million for the Costume Institute (the party funds its operating budget in its entirety) to date.
Attendees, which are all pre-approved by Wintour and have included everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and Rihanna to Gisele, Madonna, the Olsen twins, Kim and Kanye, and every major designer you can think of, pay $25,000 for an individual ticket or commit to a minimum $275,000 for a table of 10.
Each Met Gala has a theme that coincides with an exhibit at the Costume Institute. Years ago it was Savage Beauty and coincided with the posthumous and recording-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibit. Since then, themes have been PUNK: Chaos to Couture; Charles James: Beyond Fashion; China: Through the Looking Glass, which entailed an exhibit that explored the Chinese impact on Western fashion; and most recently, the gala and exhibit honored Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo and her brand, Comme des Garçons.
As noted by WWD, “A host of European designers have referenced religion in their collections, including the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano and Riccardo Tisci. The likeness of the Madonna has been appropriated by Dolce & Gabbana, and the iconography of Jesus has been featured in Jeremy Scott’s collection. Prabal Gurung once brought Buddhist monks to his runway.”