Madonna Goes Full Church Goth in Jean Paul Gaultier at the Met Gala
Leave it to Madonna to make a shocking statement on the Met Gala red carpet. One of the last guests to arrive, the singer went full church Goth in a black dress by longtime collaborator Jean Paul Gaultier that she accessorized with a crucifix dotted crown, a net veil, layered cross necklaces, and a handful of black roses.
It’s a statement that is totally in line with Madonna’s fashion legacy. The entertainer has, after all, grappled with her Catholic upbringing throughout her career. Flash back almost three decades to the video for Like a Prayer in which she knelt before (and kissed!) the statue of a saint wearing little more than a vintage slip dress. It was famously condemned by The Vatican. The Pope would call for a boycott of her Blond Ambition Tour just a year later—this time she wore religious garb over Jean Paul Gaultier’s corsets cone bras, one of most provocative looks to date, with backup dancers in nun habits and priest robes. Which all begs the questions, will Pope Francis weigh in on tonight’s look?
Madonna was the only one who could do this year’s Met Gala exhibit, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, justice – and she delivered with a surprise performance that was nothing short of divine. Never one to shy away from a religious reference, the material girl wowed earlier in the evening on the red carpet in a regal black Jean Paul Gaultier gown which she paired with a black net veil over her face that was held in place by jeweled crosses and rosaries. Her blonde hair was parted down the center and two braids flanked her face.
Post-dinner, the fashion icon made a dramatic wardrobe change. Appearing in a monastic cloak, she descended the stairs of the Great Hall and made her grand entrance on stage to the tolls of church bells. Fittingly, she opened her set with her Like a Prayer and segued into a bone-chilling version of Hallelujah. Walking through the crowd and then suddenly rising above guests, the goddess shutdown the gala, and for that, we bow down to the Queen of Pop – now and forever!