Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few days, you are surely aware that the MET gala took place last Sunday. Madonna wearing a gothic Jean Paul Gaultier look and coming along with Gaultier himself on the red carpet was one of the most significant moment. She also performed and introduced new music.

Beyond the glamour and the celebrities, the exhibition is fabulous. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination cleverly juxtaposes fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with Byzantine art and Catholicism.

Highlights in the exhibition include accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, reliquary crosses, mosaics mixed with garments and accessories by designers such as Christian Lacroix, Dolce e Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaïa, Madame Grès, Elsa Schiaparelli or Jeanne Lanvin and many more.

The Vatican, worked closely with Anna Wintour to stage this impressive exhibition.

 

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Image: Christian Lacroix F/W 2009 Haute Couture