Exhibitions/ Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

At The Met Fifth Avenue
May 10–October 8, 2018
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—will feature a dialogue between fashion and religious artworks from The Met collection to examine the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination.

Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early 20th century to the present will be shown in The Met's Medieval and Byzantine galleries and at The Met Cloisters alongside religious artworks, to provide an interpretative context for fashion's engagement with Catholicism.


Accompanied by a catalogue.

The exhibition is made possible by Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and

Additional support is provided by
Condé Nast

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Galleries 300–306, 955 & 980–981

Left: El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, 1540/41–1614). Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (1541–1609), ca. 1600. Oil on canvas, 67 1/4 x 42 1/2 in. (170.8 x 108 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.5). Right: Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) for House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937). Evening coat, autumn/winter 1954–55. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Bryon C. Foy, 1957 (C.I.57.29.8). Digital composite scan by Katerina Jebb