Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

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'recommended for established scholars as well as for new students of dress history, especially those embarking on a study of ecclesiastical vestments. The photography is exquisite, capturing the materiality of the clothing and the accessories in great detail.' - The Journal of Dress History

Accompanying the Metropolitan Museum of Art's landmark exhibition, Heavenly Bodies looks at fashion's complex engagement with the great art and artefacts of Catholic faith and practice.

Since antiquity, religious beliefs and practices have inspired many of the masterworks of art. These works of art have, in turn, fueled the imagination of fashion designers in the 20th and 21st centuries, yielding some of the most innovative creations in costume history. 

Heavenly Bodies probes what dress reveals about the state of religion and spirituality within contemporary culture, and how it may manifest-or subvert-Catholic values and ideology. Art objects, such as devotional paintings and altarpieces from The Met's collection, are presented alongside fashions from designers including Cristobal Balenciaga, Callot Soeurs, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Madame Gres, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Jeanne Lanvin, Claire McCardell, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Gianni Versace. The volume also presents a selection of ecclesiastical vestments and accessories from the Vatican collection, many of which have not been published before.

  • Author: Andrew Bolton, Curator, Met Museum
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published:  May 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396457
  • Product Dimensions: 34.3 x 24.1cm