With Easter just one day in the past and the Met’s Catholic-inspired Costume Exhibit just a month in the future, here’s a preview of the lushness that is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The exhibit is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Met Cloisters view from May 10 through October 8, 2018 (
Christian Lacroix. “Gold-Gotha” ensemble, autumn/winter 1988–89 haute couture. Courtesy of Maison Christian Lacroix, Paris.
While the exhibition will feature numerous papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, it will also show the impact the Church has had on designer fashion. And since the Met’s Costume exhibits usually have far-reaching influences on fashion and accessories, we’re betting that Catholic-themed items such as rosaries and saint medallions will spike in popularity, even those not associated with the show.