August 11, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition

Each year, the Costume Institute's creates an exhibition with a theme and interpret it through the art of fashion. This year, the exhibition is focused on showcasing the attribution of fashion in the history of Catholicism. 

Since this amazing exhibition is focused on fashion, you know it has to be open in the best fashionable way. And what a better way to inaugurate this exhibition than by a gala event. You probably have heard of the Met Gala or Met Ball, and the opening of this exhibition is one of the main purposes of this famous event.

A couple of weeks ago, we got the honor to head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where this exhibition takes place. Even though, this year, the exhibition is being displayed in two different locations. Each with a unique interpretation but same concept. We only got the chance to see the exhibition showcasing at The Met Fifth Avenue. 

When walking into the exhibition, you immediately start to understand the concept. We started our viewing tour by seeing a collection by Versace. Not only is inspiring to see most of these items close and in person but also knowing that each item has been worn by someone at some point is kind of mind-blowing. Continuing with our tour, after leaving the Versace hall, we walked right into an accessory hall. Where different jewelry collections inspired by Catholicism were on display. From Chanel to Valentino you can tell how much impact the art of fashion has in the history of Catholicism. Not only was fascinating to see accessories created by these famous designers, but also fascinating to have seen never shown in public items from the Vatican. 

Walking forward, we entered the exhibition's main gallery. Here we got the chance to see the famous Dior pope inspired outfit from Dior's couture fall 2000 collection. Aswell of other amazing creations from designers around the world. Everywhere you look, from the floor to roof, you would find an entire look on display and have so much to see. After walking around to each of the other rooms, we ended our tour by entering a hall showcasing a collection by Dolce Gabbana.

Being in a place surrounded by so much inspiration and history is very mind-blowing. Knowing the amount of time and people that took to make most of these items is something I'm honored to be seeing in person. But mostly honored to see how the art of fashion has been around forever, symbolized more than our beliefs. 

Check out the exhibition showcasing both at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, Open till October 8th, 2018. 

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