The 2018 Met Gala, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was undoubtedly an extravagant affair.
With A-list celebrities strutting the Red Carpet in haute couture on fashion’s biggest night, The Costume Institute Gala, also known as the Met Gala, certainly did not disappoint.
The evening’s co-chairs included Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Anna Wintour. Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman served as Honorary Chairs. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.
“Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “Although this relationship has been complex and sometimes contested, it has produced some of the most inventive and innovative creations in the history of fashion.”
Designers in the exhibition include Azzedine Alaïa, Cristobal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana (for Dolce & Gabbana), John Galliano (for House of Dior), Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Rei Kawakubo (for Comme des Garçons), Christian Lacroix and Karl Lagerfeld (for House of Chanel).
The “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination” exhibition will be on view from May 10 through October 8, 2018.
The thematic exhibition features a dialogue between fashion and masterworks of religious art in The Met collection to examine fashion’s from devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. A group of papal robes and accessories traveled all the way from the Vatican, serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition.