May 29, 2018

Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and The Catholic Imagination

Met Museum’s most espectacular exhibition explores the connection between fashion and Catholicism.

The first Monday of may takes places the famous Met Gala, that congregates each year hundreds of fashion, film,
music and television stars wearing their best and most extravagant clothes. But this gala, which competes with the Oscars, is also the inauguration of a big exhibition that the Metropolitan Museum of New York dedicates each year to the world of fashion. This year the exhibition is called Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, and it explores the relationship between fashion and catholic imagery.

The cornerstone of the display is a collection of papal garments and accessories coming directly from the Vatican. In addition, the exhibition also shows more tan 150 pieces, especially of womeswear, from the early 20th century to the present. These garments are shown in the byzantine and medieval galleries of the museum, alongside painting and sculptures from these periods. These artworks are the perfect context to understand the influence of Catholicism in the different art fields.

The exhibition includes garments from big names like Cristobal Balenciaga, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace or Azzedine Alaïa, but also from young designers like the Mulleavy sister of Rodarte or Olivier Theyskens, proving that fashion still draws inspiration from Catholicism.

Open from May 1st until October 8th, 2018