The theme, entitled "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Logical Deduction of the Nature of Reality", featured celebrities to the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Donatella Versace, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, and bigtime liberal George Clooney.
"Fashion and religion have always been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another", curator Andrew Bolton said.
Pop star Rihanna, one of this year's co-chairs, dressed like a pope, sporting a head-turning, jewel-encrusted mitre paired with a priestly-style cape designed by Maison Margiela.
As for Madonna's Jean Paul Gaultier look - which included a black gown, black veil and cross-laden crown - Drummond noted that it was "quite demure" for Madonna but "a very interesting take on the theme". Mr Bolton's aim with the mention was to echo the preceding comments by New York's legendary Cardinal, Timothy Michael Dolan that fashion and the Catholic Church go back a long and deep way.
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Held annually in NY since 1948, the Met Gala is an exclusive fundraiser for the museum. Jennifer Lopez, who picked a colorful Balmain number with a feathered train and sky-high slit, had a bejeweled cross emblazoned on her chest. And Kim Kardashian West - walking the carpet sans her husband, Kanye West, who is under fire for recent controversial tweets - wore her cross on a shimmering gold Versace dress. "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman wore an ivory cape featuring crosses in gold beadwork.
Sarah Jessica Parker, a doyenne of NY high society and the Sex and the City fashionista, walked the red carpet in full-length gold brocade by Dolce and Gabbana and an astonishing head piece.
Other guests chose looks ranging from heavenly white (Dakota Fanning) to angelic yellow (Amanda Seyfried) and skin-baring black lace (Zoe Kravitz).