– By Elijah Francis
“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” is the theme for next year’s Met Gala, it has been revealed. For the first time in the gala’s history, the exhibit will span three locations, including the Anna Wintour Costume Center and the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, as well as the Cloisters in Washington Heights.
Per Vogue, the 2018 Met Gala is intended to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings. The papal garb will be on loan for the exhibit from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. They weren’t even shown in the 1983 Met blockbuster, “The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art.”
Religion has always had an influence on fashion, with many designers, including: Riccardo Tisci, Alexander McQueen, Christian La Croix, and John Galliano, having designed collections inspired by religion and faith. Donatella Versace whose designs have also been inspired by religion is a sponsor of the gala, as well as Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman. Condé Nast will provide additional support.
“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” will be on view May 10–October 8, 2018.
All images from Vogue.com