Every year, just after the first Monday in May, people log onto their social media, see their favourite stars on the red carpet in stunning designer gowns, and awkwardly ask: What is the Met Gala?

The answer is simple. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC hosts an annual ball to raise money for the Anna Wintour costume institute. This coincides with the opening of blockbuster fashion exhibition by said institute, which also determines the dress code. This year’s exhibition: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

The dress code on the invite read “Sunday Best” – a highly intriguing proposition. Between the clutter of crowns, meters upon meters of trains, and showers of embellishments, these are the 8 looks you simply couldn’t miss.

 

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier

She is Madonna. We’re a bit scared she might put a weird spell on us, but we’re into it.

 

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Ralph Lauren Collection

She looks divine. Literally.

 

Frances McDormand in Valentino

There’s always that one person who does something different but still on theme. It’s a risk, but in a case like this there’s so much pay off.

 

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace

This is the dress that wedding dreams we didn’t know we had are made of.

 

Sasha Lane in Tory Burch

Shout out to Sasha for the most contemporary interpretation of the theme. Definitely also a hair highlight.

 

Lana Del Rey with Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto in Gucci

Team Gucci. That’s all.

 

 

Katy Perry in Versace

Love it or hate it, Katy Perry wore massive wings to the Met Ball, and we feel you need to know.

 

 

Rihanna in custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano

Just in case she didn’t make it clear with her pizza dress in 2015, Rihanna, the Pope, is here to remind you that she owns the Met Gala. Thanks. X.