New York City, N.Y., Feb 28, 2018 / 03:01 am
Can the Catholic imagination dream up beautiful and compelling clotheswear?
That's one of the questions behind an exhibit collection set to open this year through New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"The Roman Catholic Church has been producing and promoting beautiful works of art for centuries," Greg Burke, director of the Holy See's press office, told the New York Times. "Most people have experienced that through religious paintings and architecture. This is another way of sharing some of that beauty that rarely gets seen."
"Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," set to launch later in 2018, was organized through the Met's Costume Institute. The exhibit brings together Church garments borrowed from the Vatican, religious art from the Met collection, and 150 designer fashion pieces that were intended to pay homage to Catholicism, taking inspiration from Catholic iconography, the liturgy, or other parts of the faith tradition.