PREVIEW THE MET GALA EXHIBITION, ‘HEAVENLY BODIES: FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION’

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
The Met Fifth Avenue & The Met Cloisters
May 10th – October 8th, 2018

The first Monday in May is here, marking the day of the annual Met Gala! Each year, the the best and brightest in fashion, art and entertainment gather to celebrate the museum’s Costume Institute exhibition—this spring it’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination“—and raise money. Guests are expected to dress according to the theme of the exhibit, so look forward to seeing attendees break out their Sunday best.

At a preview of “Heavenly Bodies” this morning, Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton noted that the exhibit is meant to evoke a pilgrimage in its journey through two sections of The Met Fifth Avenue (the Byzantine/medieval art galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center) and a concluding section at The Met Cloisters. The Archibishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, also spoke, citing “truth, goodness and beauty” as the three main tenets of Catholicism all reflected in the fashions featured in the exhibit. “Heavenly Bodies” features a wide range of Catholic-inspired garments by designers including Gianni Versace, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent and more. Papal garb never before seen outside the Vatican will also be on view for the duration of the show.

Tonight’s Met Gala is co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace and Anna Wintour. Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman are this year’s Honorary Chairs. Considering the gala’s history of iconic red carpet moments, we can’t wait to see what fashion and art’s biggest stars decide to wear this year—for a roundup of the best Met Gala looks of years past, click HERE!

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