American Vogue yesterday (8 November) announced the theme of its annual ‘Met Gala’ as "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
Papal garments, on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, will be displayed at the corresponding exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
“The display of these extraordinary ecclesiastical pieces will highlight the enduring influence of religion and liturgical vestments on fashion,” Vogue writes.
The show's curator, Andrew Bolton, and members of the Metropolitan museum’s medieval department aim to show how “material Christianity” has helped form “the Catholic imagination.”
“The intersection of faith and fashion, the sacred and profane, as it were, has not always been easy but the interplay between the two has inspired some awe-inspiring sartorial innovation,” continues Vogue.
The exhibition will also contain pieces by Coco Chanel, who was raised by nuns in Aubazine, France and fashion designer, John Galliano, who once sent a model down the catwalk dressed as the Pope, swinging incense and chanting: “understand the concept of love.”
The Met Gala – which is recognised as one of the world’s highest profile fashion events - is attended by celebrity guests dressed according to the theme.
Outfits over previous years have been the cause of both celebration and controversy.
Here are your hosts for the 2018 Met Gala. https://t.co/iIsJpl1mvG— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) November 8, 2017
Amal Clooney, Rihanna, and Donatella Versace will co-host the event with editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour.
PICTURE: Co-host of next year's Met Gala, Rihanna, attends the event in 2015