19 stars who nailed the 2018 Met Gala theme — and 11 who couldn’t be bothered
Jennifer Lopez, Chadwick Boseman, Rihanna, Zendaya, Sarah Jessica Parker Mic/Getty Images

When it comes to Met Gala themes, there’s pretty much two ways it can go: a celebration of a designer (like 2017’s Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty or 1996’s Christian Dior) or something a bit more abstract (like 2013’s Punk: Chaos to Couture, 2008’s Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy or 1998’s Cubism and Fashion).

In 2017, when attendees were given the arguably easier prompt — wear the designer — we saw fewer celebrities adhering to theme. This year we didn’t know what to expect really. The theme Fashion and the Catholic Imagination seemed interpretable in a number of ways, from the quite literal (crosses, crowns, rosary beads) to the more abstract.

And while a number of celebrities seemed to have done their homework, many simply ignored the night’s theme. Now, it should be noted, sometimes adherence to the theme is not visible on the carpet itself, but through subtle details in their look that were added after careful research.

Such is the case for Tracee Ellis Ross, who on her Instagram story explained her choice of wearing rose Michael Kors: “On the 4th Sunday of Lent, priests wear rose robes to rejoice reaching the halfway point,” she remarked. Or Selena Gomez, who had verses from the Bible hand-stitched on the side of her bag and on the ribbon of her Coach gown.

This to say that not everyone’s research is shared online, so some we are deeming ignorers of the theme may in fact have sought nonobvious inspiration. Still, if you aren’t going to make your play on the theme obvious, we suggest sharing your inspo a la Ellis Ross.

Below we pulled together 19 celebrities who adhered to the theme (we couldn’t include everyone, so consider this a note that this is not everyone who came to slay), and 11 who did not.

Adhered to a T:

Kim Kardashian West

Kim Kadashiwan West
Kim Kadashiwan West Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Madonna

Madonna
Madonna Neilson Barnard /Getty Images

Darren Criss

Darren Criss
Darren Criss Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Zendaya

Zendaya
Zendaya Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey
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Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Rihanna

Rihanna
Rihanna Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid
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Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne
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Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker
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Cardi B

Cardi B
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Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Shailene Woodley

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
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Solange

Solange
Solange Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Katy Perry

Katy Perry
Katy Perry Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Missed the mark:

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert
Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert Hector Retamal/Getty Images

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images