After rumors that the theme of next year’s Costume Institute show would be centered around religion, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has just announced that the monster fashion exhibit for 2018 is titled Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The much-discussed show will feature items of fashion, and even pieces on loan from the Vatican in a bid to explore how fashion is inspired and shaped by Catholicism. And it’s all thanks to Versace.
Not only is Donatella Versace joining Rihanna and Amal Clooney as this year’s co-chairs for the annual benefit gala, but the Italian house will be acting as a sponsor for the exhibit, offering up funds, and presumably clothes as well. In the past the museum has partnered with organizations that aren’t necessarily connected to fashion—for example, China: Through the Looking Glass was supported by Yahoo, and the partner for Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology was Apple—so the fact that Versace is sponsoring a non-monolithic exhibit is interesting, but not unexpected.
Gianni Versace often featured Catholic imagery in his work, much of which was referenced in Donatella’s Spring 2018 collection, which was a tribute to her brother. Of course, Versace’s take on Catholicism was always on the racy side, so while details of what will be on display are still limited, there’s a good chance that aspects of Heavenly Bodies will be controversial.
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 10, and will run through October 8, 2018.END
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