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Catholic-themed Met Gala sees celebrities in angelic, papal fashion

By Joseph V. Amodio Special to Newsday

For many red-carpet lovers, fashion is a religion, and the Met Gala a high holy day — especially on Monday, May 7, 2018, when the star-studded event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute celebrated its new exhibit, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."

Looking heavenly (if not exactly holy) — Olivia Munn (in gold chainmail "veil" matching her H&M Conscious dress); co-chair Amal Clooney (wearing full skirt and trousers by Brit up-and-comer Richard Quinn; Kerry Washington (in modest gold Ralph Lauren); the hip-hop trio Migos in their vibrant (Versace) take on the three magi; and Anne Hathaway (Valentino), Rita Ora (Prada) and Sza (pastel Versace) in halos, halos, halos.

So how hard is it to rock a halo, exactly? "I forget it's on till I run into someone's head," said Sza. Out-pope-ing everyone? Rihanna, of course, in a miter that may have been swiped from Pope Francis' closet.

And then there was Katy Perry, whose entrance startled Ariana Grande. "Oh, my God, it's an angel," Grande (wearing a Sistine Chapel-print Vera Wang) exclaimed in the midst of an E! TV interview. Yes, Perry went all out in custom Versace angel wings (pity the poor person who has to sit next to her at the banquet).

Don't worry, churchgoers, the Vatican has actually given this exhibit a papal thumbs up, loaning the museum 50 vestments and accessories, to be shown alongside 150 items by top designers. The idea is to show the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways in which the style and shapes of religious garments have found their way into designer collections over the years.

Like that crucifix dominating Jennifer Lopez's hot look. "I feel lucky every day, but most lucky when I'm with her," said her beau, Alex Rodriguez. There's a man whose prayers were answered.

Blake Lively

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Blake Lively attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Rihanna

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Rihanna attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Cara Delevingne

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Cara Delevingne attends the 2018 Met Gala.

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Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen

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Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen make a rare public appearance at the 2018 Met Gala.

Anne Hathaway

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Anne Hathaway attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington attends the 2018 Met Gala.

SZA

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SZA attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Olivia Munn

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Olivia Munn attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Sarah Paulson

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Sarah Paulson attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart

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Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart attend the 2018 Met Gala.

Mary J. Blige

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Mary J. Blige attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen attend the 2018 Met Gala.

Hailee Steinfeld

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Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Solange Knowles

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Solange Knowles attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Tracee Ellis Ross

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Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner

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Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner attend the 2018 Met Gala.

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Amanda Seyfried

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Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski attend the 2018 Met Gala.

Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Frances McDormand

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Frances McDormand arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Zendaya

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Zendaya attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Madonna

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Madonna makes an entrance at the 2018 Met Gala.

Janelle Monae

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Janelle Monae is seen leaving the Mark Hotel in Manhattan for the 2018 Met Gala.

2 Chainz and Nakesha Ward

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2 Chainz proposes to Nakesha Ward as they arrive at the 2018 Met Gala.

Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrive at the 2018 Met Gala.

Lena Waithe

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Lena Waithe arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Greta Gerwig

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Greta Gerwig arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Emma Stone

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Emma Stone arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Alessandro Michele, Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto

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Alessandro Michele, Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto attend the 2018 Met Gala.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Lynda Carter

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Lynda Carter arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Andrew Garfield

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Andrew Garfield attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Amanda Seyfried

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Amanda Seyfried attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Kate Bosworth

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Kate Bosworth attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Zoë Kravitz

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Zoë Kravitz attends the 2018 Met Gala.

Lili Reinhart

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Lili Reinhart arrives at the 2018 Met Gala.

Uma Thurman

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Uma Thurman attends the 2018 Met Gala.