Covered in crosses, Madonna shows off her 'Catholic' look at Met Gala

Cheryl Kahla
May 08, 2018
11:54 A.M.
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The 59-year-old singer and entrepreneur, Madonna, is known for her gothic style. The theme of this year's Met Gala in New York was right up her alley. 


For the 2018 event, appropriately themed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, Madonna donned a black John Paul Gaultier creation. 

The design incorporated a black mesh cross on the plastron and a floor-length black satin skirt. She chose a black veil and a large Rinaldy Yunardi crown to complete the look. 

Before meeting photographers on the red carpet, Madonna shared a short video clip of the dress with her 11 million Instagram followers. She used the hashtags 'religion' and 'heavenly bodies.'


In another Instagram post, she shared a close-up image of the veil and crown, captioning the photo 'I am here to serve,' and including the hashtag 'catholic imagination.'

Her dress was fitting in more ways than one. In 1966, Madonna was confirmed into the Catholic Church when she eight years old, and duly chose Veronica as her confirmation name. 

As reported by Daily Mail, her choice of dress is only part of a long list of 'Vatican-related controversies' that spans more than 30 years. 


In 1987, Madonna released her track, Papa Don't Preach and dedicated it to Pope John Paul II. As her song soared to the top of the charts, the Pope compelled Catholics to avoid her concerts at all cost. 

Two years later she made headlines again with the music video for her track, Like A Prayer. The video shows Madonna kissing a saint, as well as members of the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross.

The negative feedback she received for the song spilled over to Pepsi as Catholics boycotted the company and insisted that the brand cut ties with Madonna, who frequently appeared in their ads. 

Fans of Madonna can look forward to her untitled upcoming album. She performed a new track from the album titled Beautiful Game at the Met Gala.