If somehow your invitation to Monday night’s Met Gala went missing, welcome to the club. The annual fundraiser for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute is the hottest ticket of the year…an evening likened only to the Oscars for red-carpet dazzle.
This year’s Costume Institute exhibition and Met Gala theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” was controversial from the get-go, but it helped that the Vatican cooperated by sending some 40 ecclesiastical vestments and jewels to be part of the curated collection.
A few of the night’s most spectacular outfits are featured here, along with some tips on how to get the best Met Gala jewelry looks on a budget.
Those VIPs lucky enough to snag an invite to the Met Gala were asked to dress in their “Sunday Best,” a thinly veiled attempt to keep some sense of decorum and respect for the theme. The A-list crowd hit the red carpet in couture takes on clergy and nuns, angels and demons, tapestries, stained glass windows, and statues—there was even a pope (hello #badgirlriri)! Several stars opted to interpret the first half of the theme, rather than the second, showing off their “Heavenly Bodies.”
Crosses, Crowns & Headpieces
What about the jewelry, you ask? Well, not surprisingly, bejeweled crosses, crowns and headpieces dominated the evening and will no doubt influence the fashion firmament for months to come. Look for these styles to be huge by summer, and at summer weddings (the Hollywood Reporter wrote that there’s not a cross left in all of New York City).
Shop The Met
One of the best ways to find this year’s Met Gala jewelry looks for less is to stop by The Met’s gift shop, or visit online at store.metmuseum.org. The Met is known for its faithful reproductions of museum masterpieces and the “Heavenly Bodies” commemorative collection is no exception.
There are crown, cross, and skull-with-crown motif earrings in silver and rhinestones, rosary necklaces in black and gold, and beautiful faux gem bangles starting at $50. (We also lust after the exhibit’s official Versace T-shirt; even at $450, it is sure to sell out soon.)
Mad for Maltese
Consider treating yourself (or a loved one) to a wide Maltese Cross Cuff studded with faux gemstones. This iconic bracelet (a copy of those Coco Channel wore in the 1930s) is an international symbol of style, and relatively affordable if you know where to look.
Check out the Kenneth Jay Lane collection online for a black resin Maltese Cross Cuff, or galegrant.com for more colorful versions. And don’t forget 1stdibs.com and therealreal.com for gently loved pieces at down-to-earth prices.
The “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition at The Met on Fifth Avenue in NYC, and The Met Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, NYC, runs through October 8, 2018. metmuseum.org.