While some people at the Met Gala stuck with the captial-T theme of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination and showed up in opulent papal realness , Zendaya, who went with a deep Catholic cut by channeling Joan of Arc.
Since I’m more familiar with the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, I had to look up Joan of Arc’s whole deal. I already knew she worked a bowl cut you could set your sundial to and that she was all about suits of armor. But she’s also a Roman Catholic saint, and that she died in the very painful way of being burned at the stake. I suppose Zendaya could have taken this look one step further by walking the red carpet surrounded by a ring of fire. But that would have posed a very serious safety hazard for all the people wearing copious amounts of random feathers. Instead, Zendaya kept it very high fashion teenage military in Versace. The only thing I don’t love is the hair, if only because it gives me flashbacks to every girl in the 10th grade who was tragically drawn into the siren song of an at-home perm. Actually, all those girls should be made unofficial saints for suffering like that.
But Zendaya wasn’t the only one who did Joan of Arc. You could say that’s what Shailene Woodley was going for as well. Like, you could say that if you were feeling generous…..
…but I’m not. Shailene is wearing a custom Ralph Lauren outfit with some “I just watched Blade Runner” bangs. But if you told me she was wearing a Tin Man costume that Amazon sent her by mistake, I would believe that too. Joan of Arc? Not really. Joan the woman at the upholstery store who will go the extra mile to show you how easy comfortable polyvinyl is? Yes.