The Met's Costume Institute takes on the Catholic imagination

By Vanessa Friedman
Left: El Greco, Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara, circa 1600. Right: Cristobal Balenciaga evening coat, fall 1954–55.CreditMetropolitan Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum/digital composite by Katerina Jebb
NEW YORK---The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is stepping into the religious fray. The title of the department’s blockbuster 2018 fashion exhibition will be “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Stretching across three galleries — the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval rooms in the Met on Fifth Avenue and the Cloisters — and approximately 58,600 square feet, it will feature 50 or so ecclesiastical garments and accessories on loan from the Vatican, multiple works from the Met’s own collection of religious art and 150 designer garments that have been inspired by Catholic iconography or style. [More]
Left: Manuscript leaf with scenes from the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, circa 1320-42. Right: Madame Grès evening dress, 1969. Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art/digital composite by Katerina Jebb