Sleb Safari: Met Gala dresses and drama

 Katy Perry, Rihanna, Priyanka Chopra and Evan Rachel Wood at the Met Gala 2018. Pictures from Press Assocation

AND so to New York where the janitor is still finding black petals from the bouquet Madonna carried into the Met Gala 2018.

This year’s theme for the fundraiser was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination and as always it was hosted by the formidable Anna Wintour with co-hosts Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Amal Clooney.

Designers riffed on the theme and so there were dresses that captured the light streaming through stained glass windows and the beauty of Michelangelo’s work on the Sistine Chapel; dresses which pulled in elements of Catholicism such as the wire grille in the confessional, a chalice of wine; as well as dresses which borrowed tailoring and colour from the vestments and clothing of religious communities.

Some slebs interpreted the theme as, ‘clad my heavenly body in the body con dress I always intended to wear regardless of theme but get a cross stitched on to it and hope Anna Wintour doesn’t call me out on it’. Yeah, we’re looking at you Kim Kardashian.

Sleb Safari had four favourite outfits from the night.

Rihanna’s outfit was sublime. The beading and detailing was heavenly and truly the person who can envision a creation like that and the people who can bring it to life possess God-given gifts.

Between the jacket which she shrugged on and off her shoulders to maximum effect, a skirt worn over the mini dress and her mitre-inspired hat, there was a lot to Rihanna’s outfit. And it must have weighed a tonne.

You know the way you can buy wings made from a highly synthetic and highly flammable material in the pound shop and they come attached to two pieces of elastic and you slip them over your shoulders? Well, Katy Perry’s angel wings were nothing like that. They were OTT and right at home at the Met Gala.

Father, please forgive her her dress and footwear.

Priyanka Chopra’s headpiece had very close competition from Janelle Monae and Rosie Huntington Whitely but she walks away with the highly coveted Sleb Safari Headpiece of the 2018 Met Gala Award.

With a golden waterfall of jewels cascading down from the crown of her head and over her shoulders and chest she’s like a madonna.

 Priyanka Chopra

 Evan Rachel Wood at the Met Gala 2018

Where Katy Perry was an angel, Evan Rachel Wood was an archangel and would you look at that cape? Golden feathers from top to bottom and each looks as though it has been hand crafted from metal. Exquisite.

Sleb Safari is crossing its fingers for an invitation to co-host next year because it has oodles of ideas for a theme. Who wouldn't welcome Slovenly Bodies: Fashion and the Box Set?


Competition - win tickets for Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers

Sleb Safari is giving away five pairs of tickets for the Bay City Rollers featuring Les McKeown.

The concert is at Glenarm Castle on Friday May 25 and it’s part of the May In The Marquee festival.

The new festival takes place over a weekend and Brian Kennedy will close it on the Sunday night.

To be in with a chance of winning one pair of tickets, answer the following question correctly: Which county is home to Glenarm Castle?

Email your answer to and please include your contact details. Mark your entry ‘Sleb Safari/May in the Marquee competition’

The closing date is noon on Wednesday May 16. Usual Irish News rules apply

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