Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies. Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies. Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The first Monday in May is just around the corner, the countdown to this year Met Gala has begun.

And beside the obvious (and much expected) “who’s wearing who?” question, we ask ourselves: Will the theme of this year’s Met Ball, co-hosted by Donatella Versace, Rihanna and Amal Clooney, be the most controversial yet?

Centering on religious iconography and influence in fashion, the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibit (May 10 – October 8, 2018) will spread out across three of the Met’s exhibition spaces: Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries, and The Met Cloisters.

The exhibit, designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings, will include papal garb on loan from the Sistine Chapel, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican, such as Pope Benedict XV’s white silk cape embroidered with gold thread and the pointed bishops’ hat of Pope Leo XIII. Those items will go alongside pieces created by Coco Chanel, who was educated by nuns, John Galliano, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Donatella Versace – a sponsor of the exhibition.

“As a curator you’re always interested in what lies behind creativity and the creative impulse,” says Andrew Bolton, who dreamed up the @metcostumeinstitute’s Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition. “And what struck me is how religion—Catholicism in particular—has really shaped the mind of these designers with a richness of imagery, a storytelling tradition, and seeing the world through metaphor. I hope, no matter what your faith, this will cause you to reflect on whether your religion has had an influence on your creative development.” Tap the link in our bio to see pieces from what will be the @metmuseum’s Costume Institute’s biggest show ever, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Photographed by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, styled by @phyllis_posnick, Vogue, May 2018. #MetGala

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Donatella Versace will also join Anna Wintour in hosting this year’s Met Gala, alongside Amal Clooney and Rihanna. While Amal made her Met Gala debut in 2015, Riri and Donatella have attended seven and sixteen galas respectively.

Not only does the night at the museum provide a significant amount of funding, The Met Gala is also considered as the Oscars of the fashion industry.

Met Gala has been providing some of the most iconic red carpet moments in fashion history, so no wonder Hollywood and fashion A-listers always want to deliver their best.

“This year’s may be my favorite dress ever,” Blake Lively, who has been a staple on the Met Gala red carpet for nearly a decade, shared with Vogue a few weeks ago: “They’ve already worked on it for 600 hours, and it’s not done”.

And we are sooo eager to see how will she and other exclusive guests incorporate religious iconography into their red-carpet looks.

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