The 2018 Met Gala saw the world’s biggest celebrities walk the red carpet in the most extravagant and extraordinary gowns, from
designed unique custom looks for six stars – Lili Reinhart, Olivia Munn, Alek Wek, Kiersey Clemons, Jasmine Sanders and Luka Sabbat – which explore the relationship between fashion and masterworks of religious art. In alignment with the 2018 Gala’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, each one-of-a-kind creation carries an ethereal glamour and uses techniques such as draping, beading and embellishment in glistening metallic shades.
“Designing these H&M looks for this year’s Met Gala has been an honour”, says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M. “Each look has been entirely custom-made, focusing on rich detail and a modern take on red carpet glamour. We wanted each of our guests to feel both serene and effortless.”
Actress and model Olivia Munn wore a striking sleeveless chainmail dress that draped over the body like liquid. “I love how this chainmail dress takes the theme of the exhibition and pushes it somewhere modern and fresh. It’s so much fun to wear,” she says. “The hand-beading and embroidery that has gone into this dress is extraordinary.”
“This is my first Met gala”, says actress Lili Reinhart, who wore a silver dress inspired by armour. “I feel honoured to be surrounded by such incredible artists and wear this customized gown. I feel like a gilded princess.” Model and activist Alek Wek stunned in a draped, flowing gown that took inspiration from mosaics. A long train of silver and jewel tones was created from a pattern of beading and sequins. Actress Kiersey Clemons wore a richly beaded dress like a netting of gold and pearl. This diamond-shaped embroidered net sat close against the body with a deep neckline, leading to a full yet straight skirt held by a soft crinoline.
A voluminous gown of gold metal lamé was the perfect creation for model and actress Jasmine Sanders. The gown was softly draped off the shoulder and was released into a dramatic full silhouette. Model and influencer Luka Sabbat wore an equally-extravagant robe entirely hand-embroidered with sequins. The intricate pattern was made from sequins in antique silver, deep red, burgundy, gold and royal blue, while the cuffs, shawl collar and lining were in black silk.
View the behind the scenes imagery of the celebrities getting ready for the event below.