The 2018 Met Gala Outfits, Reimagined as Food

Because at Genius Kitchen, we’re always on the lookout for a good dish.

By Ethan L. Johns
May 08, 2018

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The celebs at this year’s Met Gala were supposedly meant to match their outfits to the theme of the Costume Institute’s newest show, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Of course, we found that boring and thought it would be better if they were dressed up as food. So, using our non-Catholic imaginations, we did some research into the dishes that really inspired this year’s wardrobe lineup.

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Rihanna: Cookies & Cream

As opposed to last year when Rihanna went the savory route and dressed up like a bag of Terra Exotic Potato Chips, this year the singer picked from the dessert aisle. Cookies and cream ice cream, through and through. That dress must have weighed a thousand pounds—just like us after we’ve gone through a few pints of the stuff.

Amal Clooney: Fattoush Salad

With Rihanna and Donatella Versace, Amal Clooney was an honorary chairperson of the event. The half-Lebanese, half-British human rights lawyer accepted this distinction graciously, by dressing as a fresh salad, complete with leafy, mixed greens, herbs, onions and tomatoes.

Sarah Jessica Parker: Your Rich Great-Great-Aunt’s Wedding Cake

We know it’s supposed to be some sort of reliquary, but with all that height there’s something matrimonial about it. Got it! It’s Great-Great-Aunt Gertrude’s wedding cake, from way back in the Gilded Age! Those oil barons were always trying to out-do one another, and this time they did it with a five-tiered pastry.

Lena Waithe: Rainbow Tequila Cake

Lena Waithe has been hitting home runs on the TV screen lately, with Netflix’s Master of None and Showtime’s The Chi. Her defiant choice to wear a Pride flag to a Catholic-themed event had us proposing a toast, and reminded us an awful lot of one particular tequila-flavored rainbow cake that we know of. Colorful with a healthy dose of attitude.

Scarlett Jo: Hibiscus Tea

Ah, the moment when you plunge that tea bag into hot water and the red hibiscus dances, mixes and melds until the whole mug turns red. Scarlett Johansson’s dress didn’t steep fully, but it’s definitely on its way.

Bonus Round: Frances McDormand

We have no clue, but we love it. If you’ve got any ideas, hit us up on social media.

Oh, and by the way: if you loved RiRi's dress, we'll show you how to turn it into a cake.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns