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Heavenly Bodies

The Met Gala is fashion’s biggest night out, celebrating the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit at The Met. Each year the exhibit has a theme, which can be anything from Rock Style (in 1999) to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (in 2016). Everyone who attends the gala dresses according to the exhibit’s theme, leading to some of the most talked about, creative looks in fashion.

This year, the Costume Institute’s exhibit is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, and it was by far the most exciting Met Gala red carpet in years. Stars relied on iconic Catholic images for inspiration, showing up to the event in everything from traditional miters to dresses resembling stained glass. I watched as celebrity after celebrity arrived, looking absolutely phenomenal.

These were some of the most inspired looks:

It was a stunning spectacle, and made me very excited to go see the exhibit for myself!

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination features the way Catholic imagery and storytelling has influenced fashion throughout the years.

One of my favorite aspects of the exhibit is how the featured designs were not created to fit the exhibit. Rather, these designers (many of them Italian – no surprise there) had already naturally incorporated Catholic symbolism into their clothing long before the exhibit was even a concept.

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The exhibit begins in The Met’s Byzantine and medieval art galleries. It is the perfect, reverent setting for the clothing, and that combined with the traditional church music pumping through the speakers invokes the same sort of awe you feel in a cathedral.

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Between the setting, the music, and the fashion, this is by far my favorite Met exhibit I’ve ever seen!

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is being displayed at The Met until October 8, 2018. Trust me when I say you don’t want to miss it! You can find out more information here.

And if you’re interested in my dress (which is completely lacking in Catholic imagination) you can buy it for a discount here.

Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Thank God for fashion!

~A

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