The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute unveiled their new exhibition, showing the incorporation of Catholic imagery in fashion designs over the years. The exhibition is to display religious objects that have come to influence some of fashion’s most iconic designers and their timeless pieces.
Titled “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” the exhibit focuses on the hesitant topic between the arts, fashion, and religion. Head Curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, was able to capture the main concept behind all three: their artistry. Inspirations for the display are from American and European designers that were raised and educated Catholic. Iconic pieces from designers from Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Coco Chanel, and Gianni Versace‘s previous collection inspired by the micro-mosaics at Ravenna Cathedral, are some of the focuses to be shown.
The exhibition is to display in two sites: The Met Fifth Avenue and the Met Cloisters, making it the largest display the Institute carries. For the first time ever to be displayed outside of the Vatican City, the show is to feature 50 masterpieces from the Vatican collection.
The Met Fifth Avenue focuses on inspirations from Byzantine galleries and Medieval Sculpture Hall like John Galiano for Christian Dior‘s Spring/Summer 2007 ‘Pope’ inspired design. It’s Met Cloisters site consists of monastic inspirations, along with the seven sacraments of the Catholic church. The Medieval art aesthetic in today’s fashion arguably brings light to such controversial topics along with the process of designers ingeniously referencing collections. Bringing references and artistry to life to give a taste of history, now that’s a blessing.
The exhibition is to open from May 10 to Oct. 8.