Met Gala 2016: Madonna delivers a message to her critics

The divisive Queen of Pop made the headlines once again - and some were less flattering than others 

Heather Saul
Tuesday 03 May 2016 13:33 BST
Madonna arrives at the Met Gala
Madonna arrives at the Met Gala (Getty Images)

You have to give it to Madonna - she shows complete conviction in almost everything she does, regardless of the reaction it receives.

The pop icon rarely fails to divide her critics, something she proved once again on Monday evening by appearing at the Met Gala in a striking sheer Riccardo Tisci dress.

The Gala was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This year's theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology and attendees appeared on the red carpet in futuristic outfits, with Zayn Malik sporting a set of bionic arms over his suit and singers Lady Gaga and Rita Ora showcasing metallic, angular cut-away dresses.

Madonna also arrived in a figure-hugging, cut-out, black lace dress and thigh high boots, with silver jewellery across her head and body. Her outfit was dismissed by the Daily Mail as a “bizarre ensemble” in a headline accusing Madonna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga of leading the “staggeringly bad worst dressed brigade”.

She left the event in the same outfit with a bottle of champagne in her hand, something tabloids quickly picked up on. But the unapologetic Queen of Pop refused to be chastised for her sartorial choices and issued the following message to anyone who had a comment to make about her appearance that evening.

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The Gala was chaired by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and hosted by Taylor Swift, with tickets to the invitation-only event costing a reported £20,5000. Proceeds are donated to the museum’s costume institute.

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