The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2018 exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” opened to the public on Thursday, May 10. In celebration of the opening, The Met’s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, was held on Monday, May 7.
Considered to be the fashion industry’s premier event, each year’s gala celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition. The subject also sets the tone for the formal dress of the night. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list. This year’s co-chairs included Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Anna Wintour, and honorary chairs Christine and Stephen Schwarzman. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding.