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Heavenly bodies : fashion and the Catholic imagination

By: Bolton, Andrew

Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MAA) (YUP) series
1588396452 / 9781588396457
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34 cm 2 volumes (335, 87 pages) (some folded) : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
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Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10th May-8th October 2018. In slip case.

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.


AGC Exhibition catalogues & specific collections, AGR Religious subjects depicted in art, AKT Fashion & textiles: design

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