Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Watch a video preview of the exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters from May 10 through October 8, 2018.

Featuring Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge, The Costume Institute

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition will feature a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.

Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early 20th century to the present will be shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.



Director: Kate Farrell
Producer: Melissa Bell
Editor: Sarah Cowan
Cameras: Dia Felix, Stephanie Wuertz
Lighting: Ned Hallick
Production Coordinator: Kaelan Burkett
Production Assistant: Bryan Martin
Original Music: Austin Fisher
Time-lapse Photography: Thomas Ling
Digital Composite Scans: Katerina Jebb

© 2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

34 thoughts on “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

  1. This is offensive to Catholics, it's sacrilegious. Remove it. How awful that Catholics can be discriminated like this. You wouldn't do this to anyone else. Terrible!!

  2. I bet all these dresses cost 100 times more dollars than anything Ivanka or Melania Trump have in their closets.
    Progressive Libtards are such hypocrites.

  3. This was awesome
    But the pieces shown here were just rushed through flashes on the screen
    It was really not smart to not take a brief moment longer to actually give one a real glance to appreciate the details of the work for each individual piece🙄
    Still left a Like 😒✌🏼

  4. Just because Thom Browne is the boyfriend of curator Andrew Bolton doesn't mean that he deserved to be displayed in the exhibition . There are way more talented designers that should have been considered but were totally ignored. Also his gown was just made for the show , nothing in his work is connected with the exhibit theme ! Nepotisim ! Shame on the Met !

  5. So some would think it's just a fashion video , and what I'd like to say that I am in Syria and I can't get out , and I can't see the world , but thanks to u u brought the world to me , I've never seen something more beautiful , I can never thank u enough for what u did , thank u for all this priceless beauty..all the love from Syria

  6. I'm Roman Catholic from the Philippines. Would really want a dress that is inspired by the St. Niño to be worn at the Met and the designer would be Michael Cinco.

    I really love this years Met Gala! 😍 especially coming from my religion.

  7. It's about the influence of Catholic imagery on fetishists and pornographers, not "designers." I "love" the word "designers." By using the word "designer" you get to say whatever shit or drivel you produce is "art." Well, it's not, it's crap. There's no beauty here (apart from the original images), nothing of the transcendent, nothing original. Just a ripping off of a culture in order to… , well it's not even shocking, it's schlocking. Tatty schlock.

  8. No Chanel? Even her logo is inspired by the vitrail in the Aubazine abbey. Her only Haute Joaillerie collection is inspired by byzantin sacristy jewels, one of her most successful items are the armrings, which always come as a pair, with crosses on them. Her sense of black and white came from her youth in the Abbey. If there was a designer that is impossible to untie from religious, especially catholic inspiration, then it’s Chanel. She based her whole style on it. The little black dress, austerity, gold, couloured gems, that modern simple touch… everything came from the abbey.

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