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May 7, 2018, 21 tweets

We’re tweeting from the press preview for “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” #MetHeavenlyBodies #MetGala2018

#MetHeavenlyBodies features a dialogue between fashion and masterworks of medieval art in The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. #MetGala

This @McQueen piece is featured in the medieval galleries. #MetHeavenlyBodies #MetGala

150+ ensembles from the early 20th century to the present, on view in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The #MetCloisters, provide an interpretive context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism. #MetHeavenlyBodies #MetGala

“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” which opens to the public on Thursday, May 10, will be on view at The Met Fifth Avenue and The #MetCloisters. #MetHeavenlyBodies #MetGala

“The Catholic imagination is rooted in and sustained by artistic practice, and fashion’s embrace of sacred images, objects, and customs continues the ever-evolving relationship between art and religion.”—Daniel H. Weiss, The Met’s President and CEO #MetHeavenlyBodies #MetGala

#MetHeavenlyBodies will feature approximately 40 masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. #MetGala

These @Versace works are featured in the Byzantine and medieval galleries. #MetHeavenlyBodies #MetGala

#MetHeavenlyBodies presents the “historic relationship between fashion, art, and religion inspiring one another and resulting in some of the most innovative creations in the history of fashion. “ —Daniel H. Weiss, The Met’s President and CEO  #MetGala

Cardinal Timothy Dolan addresses attendees at the #MetHeavenlyBodies press preview.

“Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another." —Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The #CostumeInstitute #MetHeavenlyBodies

#MetHeavenlyBodies looks at “the role that dress plays within the Catholic Church; and the role that the Catholic Church plays within the fashionable imagination.”—Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The #CostumeInstitute #MetHeavenlyBodies

“Spanning twenty-five galleries and sixty thousand square feet, its organization is intended to evoke both the concept and the experience of a religious pilgrimage.”—Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The #CostumeInstitute #MetHeavenlyBodies

“The pilgrimage continues in the Anna Wintour Costume Center with a group of over forty papal vestments and accessories from the Sistine Chapel Sacristy.”—Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The #CostumeInstitute #MetHeavenlyBodies

“Most designers featured in the exhibition were raised Catholic. While many of them no longer practice, and their relationships to Catholicism vary considerably, most acknowledge its significant influence over their imaginations.”—Andrew Bolton, Curator of #MetHeavenlyBodies

“While the fashions that are featured in the exhibition might seem far-removed from the sanctity of the Catholic Church, they should not be dismissed lightly, for they embody the storytelling traditions of Catholicism."—Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge #MetHeavenlyBodies

“The choir screen that dominates the Medieval Sculpture Hall serves as both a physical and conceptual divide between the earthly and celestial hierarchies.”—Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The #CostumeInstitute #MetHeavenlyBodies

“In the Medieval Galleries, fashions reference the hierarchy and gendered distinctions of the Roman Catholic Church through a cast of Fellini-esque religious characters that are immediately identifiable by their dress.”—Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge #MetHeavenlyBodies

Member Previews for #MetHeavenlyBodies begin tomorrow! Join to see the exhibition on May 8 and 9. #MetGala #MetMembers

The #MetCloisters will include fashion inspired by “the Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church. The designers featured are well-known for their minimalist sensibilities and monochromatic color palette” —Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge #MetHeavenlyBodies

#MetHeavenlyBodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” on view through October 8, opens to the public Thursday, May 10 #MetGala

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