Rihanna maintained her spot on the throne as the reigning Met Gala queen, taking the theme to heart and giving the actual pope a run for his money in a heavily bejewelled silver getup, complete with her own papal crown.
Apparently, Rihanna and Chadwick were the only two students who followed directions and did the assigned reading for the Met Gala. pic.twitter.com/pvhNRihhTr— Swamp Ting (@CharlesPulliam) May 8, 2018
Cardi B, meanwhile, channelled some Immaculate Conception vibes (despite previously explicitly telling us exactly how Offset got her pregnant) in an elaborate jewelled gown and headpiece.
A resplendent Cardi B at the 2018 Met Gala. // Detail from a portrait of the pregnant Virgin Mary by Efrain Zanabria. pic.twitter.com/EL2wUMm4xQ— TabloidArtHistory (@TabloidArtHist) May 8, 2018
She even managed to quash rumours of a beef with Nicki Minaj, who showed up dripping in red, and was seen chatting with her fellow "Motor Sport" rapper.
Master of None and The Chi star Lena Waithe had a less literal interpretation of the theme, opting instead to show up draped in a magnificent rainbow flag.
Heard y'all were looking for me? pic.twitter.com/1o49tCltGg— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) May 8, 2018
"I'm reppin' my community, and I want everybody to know that you can be whoever you are, and be completely proud, and be doin' it, so . . . Wear the damn cape," said @lenawaithe on the 2018 #MetGala red carpet. https://t.co/Qyy5RVuae5— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 8, 2018
In a less meaningful display of dramatic colour, Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto also turned up to the event decked out in a blue suit, gold crown and fancily embroidered scarf — and perfectly in sync with Lana Del Rey for whatever reason.
"Welcome to the Met Gala, Mr. Leto."— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) May 8, 2018
"Met Gala?" pic.twitter.com/2dRYHUYyhg
There were plenty of other looks from all kinds of celebrities, including Janelle Monáe, Donald Glover, Solange, Katy Perry, Migos, SZA, Madonna, Ariana Grande and more. Oh, and there was the grand unveiling of new apparent power couple Grimes and Elon Musk.
See some of the best outfits (and best reactions) below.
Donald Glover's JACKET!!! 🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/Fw3Tbir28R— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) May 7, 2018
SZA as Weeping Madonna. pic.twitter.com/ShQKd3I1ZF— SZALOOKS (@SZALOOKS) May 8, 2018
Zendaya won the met gala, goodnight pic.twitter.com/63PgQ9mTQc— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) May 8, 2018
2 Chainz wife hit the Met Gala w/her thigh tat out & her thigh tat is one of those big ass roses that you just know is covering up an ex's name and idk shit about fashion but I appreciate how she said fuck dressing like a cockatoo &went for "baddie at a gas station" and nailed it— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh.... (@DragonflyJonez) May 8, 2018
men that turn up to the met gala wearing plain suits are really letting all humanity down if i got an invite i'd hit that theme hard and ride in on an armoured unicorn then throw off a gilded cape to reveal surgically attached angel wings and a tux made of bedazzled dove feathers— Daniel Howell (@danielhowell) May 8, 2018
Just once I wanna see a celebrity in a homemade Met Gala costume like it's a cheap Halloween. Tin foil halos and a sheet.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) May 8, 2018