Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the new exhibit from the New York Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the new exhibit from the New York Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute

text by Valentina De Giorgi

art direction by Sakis Lalas

photos courtesy © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

EN –

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the new exhibit from the New York Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, with its 58,600 square feet is the largest exhibition the Costume Institute has ever produced.

Curated by Andrew Bolton and through a partnership with the Vatican that lent 50 pieces, the exhibition examines fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism, featuring a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection. This exhibition explores how the Catholic imagination has shaped the creativity of designers – from Coco Chanel to Gianni Versace, Dolce&Gabbana and Rodarte – and how it is conveyed through their narrative impulses.

The show’s configuration evokes the concept and practice of a pilgrimage.

The journey begins at The Met Fifth Avenue in the Byzantine and Medieval art galleries where fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown. It continues in the Anna Wintour Costume Center where papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, are on view. The pilgrimage takes the visitor to part of the Robert Lehman Wing and concludes with another group of installations annexed in The Met Cloisters in northern Manhattan, where elements from French monasteries have been rebuilt.

Exhibition Dates:

May 10–October 8, 2018

Exhibition Locations:

The Met Cloisters and

The Met Fifth Avenue’s

Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art, Medieval Galleries, The Robert Lehman Wing, and Anna Wintour Costume Center

www.metmuseum.org/HeavenlyBodies

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the new exhibit from the New York Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute

IT –

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, la mostra allestita dal Costume Institute del Metropolitan Museum di New York in questa primavera, con i suoi oltre 5000 metri quadri di estensione è la mostra più grande che il Costume Institute abbia mai prodotto.

Curata da Andrew Bolton e realizzata in collaborazione con il Vaticano che ha fornito 50 pezzi, la mostra esamina il rapporto continuo che intercorre tra la moda e le pratiche devozionali e le tradizioni del Cattolicesimo, attraverso il dialogo fra la moda e le opere di arte medievale della collezione del Met. Una riflessione sull’influenza che l’iconografia cattolica ha avuto sulla moda, da sempre potente fonte di ispirazione per grandi stilisti: da Coco Chanel a Gianni Versace, fino a Dolce&Gabbana e Rodarte.

La configurazione stessa della mostra rievoca il concetto e la pratica del pellegrinaggio.

Il viaggio comincia al The Met Fifth Avenue nelle gallerie d’arte Bizantina e medievale che ospitano creazioni di moda che vanno dagli inizi del 20° secolo ai giorni nostri; continua all’Anna Wintour Costume Center, dove sono in mostra Vesti papali e accessori provenienti dalla sacrestia della Cappella Sistina – alcuni dei quali non sono mai usciti fuori dal Vaticano; prosegue in parte della Sezione Robert Lehman, e ai The Met Cloisters, dove sono stati ricostruiti 4 chiostri, elementi architettonici tipici dei monasteri francesi.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the new exhibit from the New York Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute