Catholic Couture

It is a well-known fact that the Met Gala is the East Coast’s glamours highlight of the year, just as the Oscars represent the peak of Hollywood’s movie awards season. Once a year (typically the first Monday in May), the crème de la crème of the fashion, film, and television industry take out their wallets for this $30,000 a plate dinner and gathering, all in the name of art, and of course good press. In this case, we are talking about specific art; the one that has a powerful connection between fashion and religion, orchestrated by its fashion pope, Anna Wintour. This year it was bigger, better than ever, and Anna with her carefully picked celebrities and their fashion choices made, yet again successful fuss in a high cultural circle that sat on the throne of every influential daily talk show or publication, and everything in the name of art.

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If you weren’t able to secure a coveted spot at this event and you love fashion, you may want to head to the Met and check out it’s the latest exhibition.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and China: Through the Looking Glass were the most visited fashion exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was time yet again for the Met to host another ambitious project that will for sure to spark controversy, and bring attention to the fashion world through the lens of religious art. Who else can pull this off except, Andrew Bolton, the creative curator in charge of the Costume Institute of the MET? For this particular project, he teamed up with C. Griffith Mann and Michel David-Weill the curator overseeing the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters. The aim of this new exhibition is to establish a dialog between fashion and religious artworks from the Met’s collection and explore the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination. The result is this year's exhibition: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

photo source: Hours | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The exhibition draws upon nearly 50 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, the majority of which have never left Vatican City. The Holy State last loaned artwork to the Met in 1983 for their Vatican Collection Exhibition, the Museum’s third most-visited show. This time the Vatican accessory collection is even more outstanding, and for the first time, it will be displayed in the Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries. The exhibition features papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras, from the 18th to the early 21st century, which span more than 15 papacies. To see how these works have inspired designers and transformed from religious pieces into runway haute couture, visitors will be able to view nearly 150 ensembles from the early 20th century to the present. Primarily these pieces showcase womenswear from well-known fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Valentino, Balenciaga, and Dior. The exhibition is showcased within the medieval galleries of the Met Cloisters, thus providing the artistic and architectural context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism and religiously inspired artistic creations.

photo source: Hours | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters from May 10th to October 8th. Don't miss it!

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