Wednesday 19 September 2018

Millennial Diary

Greta Gerwig as a nun at the Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Picture: Getty
Greta Gerwig as a nun at the Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Picture: Getty

Ciara O'Connor

Last week, Hollywood rocked up in its Sunday best for an extremely blasphemous night out.

The Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is the biggest event on the fashion calendar. It's a fundraiser and celebration of the grand opening of its latest exhibition - which lends its theme to the evening. Previous themes have taken in everything from punk to China. This year's exhibition is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Rihanna was dressed as a sexy pope, mitre and all. Greta Gerwig was a nun. Zendaya was Joan of Arc, while convent-educated Phoebe Waller-Bridge wore illustrations from The Joy of Sex. Obviously, Irish millennials were confused. Ours was a unique glee - a nation irrevocably shaped by Catholicism, slowly losing its religion, seeing it made ridiculous by some of the biggest names in the world. It just felt so deliciously naughty. But also, is that a twinge of something like... umbrage?

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