Last month we wrote a blog about New York Textile Month, with a few featured events of the many going on in the city. We would be remiss not to include - in detail - the Met’s exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
Every year we wait in our studio to see what wonderful show the Costume Institute will design, and this year they really outdid themselves!
Heavenly Bodies is a record - breaking exhibition (more than 1.5 million visitors to date) looking at the relationship between art, fashion, Catholicism and religious iconography.
It’s an absolutely stunning show. If that wasn’t enough the show is a bit unusual because it is split between the Met’s Upper East Side location and in New York City’s famed Cloisters - which are worth a visit on their own!
A couple weeks ago I ventured uptown to see the exhibit at the Cloisters location, and these costumes in the setting (and lighting) of the buildings is truly magical. They feel both perfectly at home in the setting while simultaneously highlighting the subtle detailing and craftsmanship on each piece which feels very modern and current.
The grandiose scale and over - the - tops details on most of these pieces is incredible to see, but I was also struck by some of the quieter moments - like this pair of headpieces above. Simple, beautiful, structural and very reminiscent of a specific place and time in fashion history.
Heavenly Bodies is closing soon, but if you haven’t seen this show, you still have a few days to see the work at either (or both) locations:
Now – October 8, 2018
The Met Fifth Avenue
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
The Met Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive
New York, NY 10040
For more detailed information, check out the Met’s website!