Costume Institute to highlight fashion and Catholicism for Spring 2018 exhibition

We can only imagine what host Rihanna will wear for the Catholic couture-themed Met ball

By Lydia Chan | Published: 9 Nov 2017

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is going holy as its 2018 Costume Institute exhibition will be themed 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.'

The exhibit will span over three different locations – both the Met's medieval galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center as well as the The Met Cloisters – and focus on the link between fashion and religious art. For an even more authentic experience, a selected number of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican will be brought in especially for the exhibition, which will run from 10 May to 8 October 2018.

"The Catholic imagination is rooted in and sustained by artistic practice, and fashion's embrace of sacred images, objects, and customs continues the ever-evolving relationship between art and religion," said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met.

As usual, the Met will celebrate the opening of its Costume Institute exhibit with its annual Met Gala ball. Set to take place on 7 May 2018, the benefit will be co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace and Anna Wintour. We can't wait to see what the celebrities roll out to the red carpet for this one.


The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” will open May 10 at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. #MetHeavenlyBodies will feature a dialogue between fashion and religious artworks from the museum’s permanent collection to examine the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination. El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, 1540/41–1614). Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (1541–1609), ca. 1600 and Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) for House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937). Evening coat, autumn/winter 1954–55. Digital composite scan by Katerina Jebb #TheMet #MetCloisters #CostumeInstitute @metcostumeinstitute @themetcloisters #KaterinaJebb

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