An Exclusive Preview of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

Christian Lacroix F/W 2009 Haute Couture

If you’ve ever wanted to see Gaultier next to Pius IX, fashion devotees you’re in luck. Fresh off a cameo in Ocean’s 8 latest trailer, the first Monday in May brings the annual Met Gala festivities and this year’s theme is purely divine. The Costume Institute’s Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination conceptualizes the exchange between Catholicism, devout inspiration in art, and the fashion industry’s ornate interpretation of religious iconography. Hosted in the hallowed halls of the Met’s Byzantine Gallery and the Medieval Sculpture Hall, Anna Wintour Costume Center, and the Met Cloisters, intricately embroidered and voluminous pieces from Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Valentino, Riccardo Tisci, and many more stood proudily next to apostolic selections donated to from the Vatican, many for the first time out of Vatican City.

Take an exclusive peek at the exhibition below, and be sure to see it in person Tursday, May 10th until October 8th.
Images by Betty Sze for

John Galliano for Dior Haute Couture F/W 2005

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture F/W 1977

Thierry Mugler F/W 1984

John Galliano for Dior Haute Couture F/W 2000

Valentino Haute Couture F/W 2017

Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Haute Couture S/S 1999

YSL in collaboration with Goosens, 1985

Riccardo Tisci, Madonna Delle Grazie, 2015

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture S/S 2007

Gianni Versace F/W 1991

Rodarte 2011

Left and right – Thierry Mugler F/W 1984 | Center – Roberto Capucci Haute Couture 1987

Alexander McQueen/Shaun Leane, Breastplate for Givenchy, S/S 2000 Haute Couture

Mitre of Pius XI

Tiara of Pius IX

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