Donald Glover Met

Heavenly Bodies: a night at the Met Gala with Black Panther, Star Wars and more

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May 8, 2018

Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Lando Calrissian, Daenerys Targaryen and Betty Cooper were just some of the many attendees at last night’s Met Gala.

The first Monday in May is arguably the biggest night on the fashion calendar. Designers, models, actors, singers and other very famous people head to the Museum of Metropolitan Art in New York City for the Costume Institute benefit event. This year’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” looking at the influence of religion and religious art on fashion.

Each year the theme is interpreted in wildly different ways by designers. This year was no different, with some leaning far into religious iconography while others opted to add a dash of metallic and call it a day. There are a number of ways to look at the intersection of religion and fashion, but repeat trends of the night included celestial-inspired headpieces, capes, robes, and a lot of gold, red, black and white.

Disney was very well-represented with both Marvel and Star Wars actors in attendance—plus the original Wonder Woman, teen TV’s best couple and a very stylish android. Here are some of SYFY FANGRRLS' Met Gala highlights.

Chadwick Boseman Met

This is how you do the theme. A lot of guys in attendance just do the standard tux. Not Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther press tour showed that he has a sartorial flare with a number of patterned ensembles. Donatella Versace was one of this year’s co-hosts, so Boseman in Versace is nothing short of stunning.

John Boyega and Letitia Wright

In a cross-franchise moment, Letitia Wright arrived with John Boyega. One of many gold interpretations of the night, Wright in Coach doesn’t need a crown to remind us that she is a Disney princess.

Wright also delivered on the behind-the-scenes content, giving a hint of what it was like inside the event.  

Donald Glover Met

Donald Glover not only hosted a terrific episode of SNL over the weekend, but he also released an incredible video for new song “This is America.” He was also one of the best dressed men at the Met Gala. It's only Tuesday, but it's safe to say Glover is having a great week.

Wearing a rosewood pink Gucci tux, the front doesn’t appear to be on theme at all—but when you see the back, the gold blast back serves up halo illumination. Glover continues to be the reason wer're excited for Solo: A Star Wars Story, including the forthcoming press tour.

Emilia Clarke Met

Seven seasons on Game of Thrones is enough prep time for these big gown moments, and Glover’s Solo co-star Emilia Clarke gave great dramatic stair posing in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda. There are actual cherubs on her dress.

Clarke might not end up on the Iron Throne, but she was certainly a Queen on this red carpet.

Lena Waithe Met
Because some superheroes wear capes.

Representation matters, and to wear something like this when the theme is something that has often marginalized and persecuted members of the LGBTQ+ community is why Ready Player One's Lena Waithe in Carolina Herrera is our personal superhero of the night.

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There were several interpretations of angels—including plenty of halos and some not-so-subtle winged ensembles. Evan Rachel Wood soared to new heights in gold Altuzarra. We answer to one angel alone. A possible new Westworld park idea?

Zendaya Met Gala

While we're on the subject on inspiration, someone get Zendaya a Joan of Arc biopic. This armor Atelier Versace creation calls for it.

Michael B Jordan Met

Most male attendees don’t quite bring it as Chadwick Boseman does, but his Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan also got the interesting-suit memo, wearing a belted pinstripe Off-White suit with a crucifix detail to make sure you knew he was on theme.

Lili Reinhart - Met

Bughead made both their red carpet and Met Gala debut in dramatic fashion. Riverdale's Lili Reinhart wore custom H&M Collection and WORKED that train. Part renaissance, part ‘80s music video.

Buhead Met

Meanwhile, her co-star Cole Sprouse kept it classic, but ditched his socks.

Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter is superhero royalty. The original Wonder Woman is accustomed to gold headpieces; she wore an actual crown inscribed with the Hebrew phrase “l’olam al tishkachi” (“never again”). Carter also wore a Star of David barrette; there are many to interpret the “Heavenly Bodies” theme. Structured custom Zac Posen perfectly complimented the gold accessories.

Go big or go home when the Met Gala is involved.  

Rihanna Met

For the best literal interpretation of the theme, nobody did it better than co-host Rihanna in Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano.

And if you want to see the “Heavenly Bodies” Costume Institute exhibit, it will be on display across three locations in New York City from May 10 until October 8, 2018