Just like a prayer, I’ll take you there
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination, this year’s Met Gala theme is designed to create a dialogue between fashion & the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings. Curator Andrew Bolton initially intended to present Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, & Catholicism, but it proved too wide a scope. Bolton’s 5year study of the influence of religion on fashion shows 80% of modern western fashion has been inspired by Catholicism. Bolton believes the relationship between religion & fashion has produced some of the most inventive & innovative creations in history.
Apparently the Vatican agrees. The exhibition features 50 pieces from the Sistine Chapel sacristy — many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican — including papal robes, rings, tiaras, & other accessories from the 18th to the early 21st centuries along with multiple works from the Met’s own collection of religious & medieval art. To connect the dots between the two subject matters & highlight the influence of liturgical vestments there will be more than 150 ensembles, primarily womenswear, from design houses like Chanel, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, & Versace as well as
costumes from Madonna’s music videos.
Several celebrities went the celestial route because wings.
Many looked as though they stepped right out of the religious paintings.
There were those clearly inspired by the papacy & prioress.
Then there were Zendaya & Michelle Williams slaying it each in their Joan of Arc interpretations.
And Frances McDormand being God Damn Spectacular.