High church Catholics meet high fashion at the Met

Posted: May 12, 2018 at 1:49 a.m.

A Reliquary Cross (left) and the Wedding Ensemble from Christian Lacroix’s 2009 autumn/winter collection are part of 41 pieces on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met’s exhibit is called “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

Vatican officials lingered over images of Balenciaga evening coats, Madame Gres capes and the Schiaparelli gown embroidered with the keys of St. Peter -- pieces that clearly referred to the familiar silhouettes of their ecclesiastical and monastic garments -- but passed on the more risque looks.

Items such as this chasuble, worn by Pope Pius XI. This and other liturgical vestments are on loan from the Vatican and will be on display at the Anna...

The modern fashions inspired by mosaics, iconography and the ecclesiastical garments of the Catholic Church — including this Dolce & Gabbana gown embr...

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