Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - artbahrainShowcasing the influence of religious art on innovative fashions, this two-volume set explores the role of spirituality in contemporary culture. The Costume Institute's spring exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features 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, are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters. Accompanied by a catalogue. It confirms the historical, even mystical power of fashion, its worthiness of serious attention. But its new exhibit.
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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
A group of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican will travel to the United States to serve as the cornerstone of the exhibition, highlighting the enduring influence of liturgical vestments on designers. The exhibition will feature approximately 50 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. These will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries and will include papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras, from the 18th to the early 21st century, encompassing more than 15 papacies. The presentation situates these designs within the broader context of religious artistic production to analyze their connection to the historiography of material Christianity and their contribution to the perceptual construction of the Catholic imagination. Although this relationship has been complex and sometimes contested, it has produced some of the most inventive and innovative creations in the history of fashion. Vandevorst, Madeleine Vionnet, and Vivienne Westwood. The exhibition is made possible by Christine and Stephen A.