Before seeing the current fashion exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination", I was a bit hesitant. How were they going to showcase religious garments in a fashion exhibit that had previously showcased designers, such as Alexander McQueen to Charles James? Was it going to be interesting? Inspiring? I had so many questions.
Cue the first Monday in May where The Met had their Gala. It was, as to be expected, a star-studded event. The attendees ranged from singer Rihanna to model Kate Moss to designer Donatella Versace to Madonna and the list goes on. It was not a disappointment. In fact, I became so intrigued to see the actual exhibit, I went the very next weekend.
The key to any museum exhibit such as this, is to come early and avoid the queues. A Sunday at The Met can always be busy, let alone when the first weekend of the fashion exhibit is unveiled.
As my friend and I walked into the museum, it started like a treasure hunt. Most of the fashion was "contained" within the Medieval Art Gallery of the museum, although, it did extend slightly beyond this point and is also held at The Met Cloisters (I did not see the latter...yet). Overall, the exhibit was so beautifully laid out; it blended so well into the museum's own pieces. It was a sight to behold.
A snapshot from the Met's Instagram showcasing the exhibit @
In hopes to not spoil any surprises, all I'll say is there is a part that ignites nearly all of your senses - sight, smell and hearing, excluding taste and touch of course. The array of designers chosen and the craftsmanship on so many of the garments, it was truly inspiring. And, to see the connection many designers had to religion, whether inspired or designed for, was eye opening. The designers included in this exhibit ranged from Dolce & Gabbana to Gianni Versace to Jean Paul Gaultier - all of which have some amazing pieces on display.
A snapshot from the Met's Instagram showcasing the exhibit
If you are in New York City, I cannot recommend this exhibit enough. It is a must-visit. "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" runs through October 8 at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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