The 59-year-old singer, who was raised Catholic, went all out for the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme, stepping out to fashion's biggest night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday in an outfit reminiscent of something we easily could have seen her wear during her pop star days of the '80s.
The "Material Girl" didn't hold back, donning an all-black Jean-Paul Gaultier dress with a gold-encrusted crown over a netted veil, paired with cross necklaces in a variety of lengths.
"My dress is basically a cross," Madonna explained to ET's Keltie Knight on the famous Met steps, during a joint interview with Gaultier. "We're both Catholic and we have very, very active imaginations."
"Yeah, this is my year," she added. "I think they waited too long [to do this theme]. It's about time."
Though she's reinvented her look several times over the past few decades, some of Madonna's most iconic, creative outfits of all time have involved the use of crosses, crucifixes, lace and corsets, all of which were visible last night on stars like Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian West and Jennifer Lopez, who flawlessly interpreted the fashion meets religion dress code.
But the vintage Madonna vibes didn't end on the red carpet. Inside the star-studded soirée, Madonna changed into a brown robe to perform her 1989 hit, "Like a Prayer," perfectly embodying the night's theme. She was joined by a choir, all whom were similarly dressed as monks.