Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination- MET Cloister

The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.

Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.

Entering these early galleries, you will feel becalmed — by the ethereal music — and dazzled — by items worn by popes from three centuries.

It’s gorgeous and moving!

Holy Sacraments II

The Dressed Madonna II


Holy Sacraments I

Religious Orders

Cult of the Virgin

Gothic Art and Fashion


The Dressed Madonna II