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May 12, 2018
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May 12, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: In praise of the Catholic Imagination

El Greco’s Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (ca. 1600); and an evening coat by Cristobal Balenciaga for House of Balenciaga, autumn/winter 1954–55. Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, digital composite scan by Katerina Jebb.

By Simone Delochan,

The Catholic faith and its belief and practices have inspired more than artists, poets, sculptors, and writers and movie directors. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute in New York, themed its annual gala Heavenly Bodies, (May 7) which explored the influence of Catholicism in fashion.

Perhaps it’s not the first thing anyone would consider, preferring to think about the elevated imagery of da Vinci or the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins rather than lean models on the runway.

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