The Met Costume Institute exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” opens at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters on May 10th.
For the exhibition more than 150 ensembles, primarily women’s wear, from the early 20th century to the present will be on show in the MET’s Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters alongside medieval art from The Met collection, providing an interpretative context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism.
Under the direction of Katerina Jebb artists scanned costumes, sometimes up to a hundred scans per object, and collaged them back together. The process captured the materiality of the garments perhaps more effectively than a camera, giving each image an aura.
For the MET Gala, guests were invited to dress in costume that blends fashion and medieval art from The Met collection, a look that examines fashion’s historical engagement with devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.
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