Madonna wore a surprisingly demure Jean Paul Gaultier full-skirted, long-sleeve gown to the Met Gala, a celebration Costume Institute at the Met Museum’s new exhibit “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” It seemed like Monday’s red carpet was reverse engineered for her. Her name’s Madonna, obviously. But also, she has a famously complicated relationship with the Catholic church. There was “Like a Virgin” and “Like a Prayer” and the Vatican boycotted her after she dedicated “Papa Don’t Preach” to Pope John Paul II in 1987, and also boycotted her coffee-table book, Sex, in 1992. Gaultier helped her achieve many of her religiously offensive looks, like the cone-bra and their Immaculate-era penchant for rosaries.
She spoke about her relationship to the church with Billboard when promoting her album Rebel Heart in 2015. “Catholicism feels like my alma mater,” she said. “It’s the school I used to go to, and I can go back any time I want and take whatever I want from it because I suffered all the oppression, and all the abuse—and also enjoyed all the pomp and circumstance, the drama and the confusion, and the hypocrisy and the craziness. I feel like I can say whatever I want and do whatever I want. I’ve been ex-communicated by the Catholic Church a few times. But I also feel like this new pope [Pope Francis] is kind of groovy, and I think we might be able to get together and have a chat about sex.”
Madonna, who once bared her entire backside at the Met Gala as a form of political statement, was so covered-up she would pass Catholic school dress code—which, perhaps, was just her best way of surprising everyone. She is also performing in front of the crowd of fellow celebrities as well as Cardinal Timothy Dolan and noted Mormon Mitt Romney. What would she have to do to merit a Vatican boycott these days?
Source: Vanity Fair