Fashion designers are no strangers to using religious iconography irreverently in their work. Just ask Jeremy Scott or Dolce & Gabbana. So we should not be too shocked to learn that the theme for the 2018 Met Gala is rumoured to be Religion and Fashion.
However, I ask myself, with the US political climate being as divided and angry as it is, will a potentially controversial theme help or hurt the situation? I know fashion might seem frivolous to many, however designers have always used their runways to convey political messages. For example, Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt, referencing a 2014 essay by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is perhaps the hottest selling top of the year, especially following Trump’s White House win.
As for religion, perhaps Madonna did it first in her “blasphemous” music video for her hit “Like a Prayer.” I do hope, however, that the Met Gala 2018 event doesn’t feature bleeding palms and burning crucifixes.
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Photo credits: Jeremy Scott, Dolce & Gabbana, Google Images