This year’s Met Gala theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. Designers, stars and stylists looked to Catholicism and the bible to inspire their designs and looks. With anything biblical we knew we would get at least a few Jewish moments – and it did not disappoint. Here are some of our favorites that you may not have noticed.
Sarah Jessica Parker
No one brings it to the Met Gala Red Carpet like Sarah Jessica Parker. Wearing a Dolce & Gabbana gold embroidered gown with red heart accents, it was her headpiece that stole the show. The piece was literally the nativity scene but it actually reminded us of ancient Jewish weddings rings. These rings are not commonly seen today but maybe this will bring them back into fashion! Instead of today’s diamond or gemstone these rings featured miniature palaces, castles and temples. Many were clasped and opened to reveal the inscribed words“Mazel tov” (Good Luck in Hebrew).
We found this post from jewelry designer Chloe Lee Carson showing examples of how the style of rings changed throughout the centuries. She was so inspired by these rings that in 2014 she designed a modern take featuring miniature homes replacing the gem stones on top of the rings.
The original Wonder Woman caught our eye with her crown which had “לעולם אל תשכח” (Never Forget in Hebrew) designed by Jewish designer Zac Posen. We got even more Judaism when she turned around to reveal a diamond and sapphire Magen David in her hair.
Twitter was buzzing to figure out the meaning behind the phrase. There is debate whether it is a message to the Vatican to Never Forget the many Inquisitions and Crusades that killed hundreds of thousands over the years across Europe.
Perhaps it is to Never Forget that the Vatican stole the Jewish religious artifacts like the Menorah (as depicted in the Arch of Titus in Rome), the crown of the High Priest and the parochet (the curtains) of the temple. Aish.com explores this in The Vatican and the Temple Vessels, “For example, there’s a famous story about Rabbi Yitzchak Bokovza, zt”l, of Tripoli, Libya. (He passed away in 1930.) In his work Beit Halachmi he recounts having gone to Rome for a wedding, where he met the Pope who took him to the Vatican and showed him the vessels of the Beis Hamikdash.”
Or is it in reference to the Holocaust? The Church surely would have been on Hitler’s list eventually, however at the time, the Vatican and Pope Pius XII, were silent bystanders as six million killed. We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah is a document published in 1998 by the Catholic Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, under the authority of Pope John Paul II, condemned Nazi genocide and called for repentance from Catholics who had failed to intercede to stop it.
Neither Zac Posen nor Lynda Carter have made any public statements to explain the inspiration so will just have to keep speculating and wondering what this bold statement symbolizes.
As if that were not interesting enough, Carter also carried a clutch by Judith Leiber, a Holocaust survivor herself who passed away last month. Leiber has a legacy all her own as a world renowned designer known for her eclectic clutches and works of art for your hands.
Selena Gomez wearing Coach took inspiration from the Bible in a few different ways. Hand embroidered into her gown and her handbag is her personal favorite quote, “A woman who fears the lord is a woman who shall be praised,” from Proverbs 31:30. E! Commentators also said that Gomez was inspired by Queen Esther, the heroine of the story of Purim.
We couldn’t help but also notice the modest looks and bridal aesthetics some designers took for this year’s Met Gala. We pinned our favorites and had to share them with you now!
Wearing Ralph Lauren the supermodel took angelic to a whole new level. Who says a bride can’t wear gold? This gown also takes one of the year’s popular bridal trends, capes, and shows us how it’s done. Brides can also take inspiration from her smooth and elegant updo bun for their looks.
Oscar de la Renta brought the bridal vibes to Bosworth’s look. This stunning gold gown featured a veil trimmed with diamonds and tear drop pearls. Her hair was slicked back in a bun with a clean, fresh, angelic face to match.
Watts’ gown by Michael Kors could inspire any bride or mother of a bride or groom looking for inspiration. This gold floor length gown completely covered her shoulders making it perfect for any Jewish wedding.
We bet we’ll see brides take inspiration from this year’s Met Gala Red Carpet into their summer 2018/2019 looks.