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Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Andrew Bolton



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Metropolitan Museum of Art
01 May 2018
Exhibition catalogues & specific collections; Religious subjects depicted in art; Fashion & textiles: design
A brilliant exploration of fashion's complex engagement with the great art and artifacts of Catholic faith and practice Since antiquity, religious beliefs and practices have inspired many of the masterworks of art. These works of art have, in turn, fueled the imagination of fashion designers in the 20th and 21st centuries, yielding some of the most innovative creations in costume history. Connecting significant religious art and artifacts to their sartorial expressions, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination provides a critical analysis of fashion's engagement with notions of the divine. Exploring fashion's complex and often controversial relationship with Catholicism, Heavenly Bodies probes what dress reveals about the state of religion and spirituality within contemporary culture, and how it may manifest-or subvert-Catholic values and ideology. Art objects, such as devotional paintings and altarpieces from The Met's collection, are presented alongside fashions from designers including Cristobal Balenciaga, Callot Soeurs, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Madame Gres, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Jeanne Lanvin, Claire McCardell, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Gianni Versace. The volume also presents a selection of ecclesiastical vestments and accessories from the Vatican collection, many of which have not been published before. ]]>
By:   Andrew Bolton
Imprint:   Metropolitan Museum of Art
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 343mm,  Width: 241mm,  Spine: 51mm
Weight:   2.852kg
ISBN:   9781588396457
ISBN 10:   1588396452
Series:   Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 May 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unknown

Andrew Bolton is Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reviews for Heavenly Bodies - Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Wonderful images, stunning pieces [...] - a great read. - Glass The publications are recommended for established scholars as well as for new students of dress history, especially those embarking on a study of ecclesiastical vestments. The photography is exquisite, capturing the materiality of the clothing and the accessories in great detail. -Alice Mackrell, The Journal of Dress History

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