New York: Heavenly Bodies at the Met

To repeat a common refrain around these parts, it’s a real shame I’m so behind at this whole blogging thing because I’m about to write about an exhibit that no longer exists. Ooops! Still, the Met’s annual costume exhibit is truly one of my very favorite things to do in New York, and it would feel wrong not to recap.

Last year’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. While I always enjoy the exhibit, I thought this theme was particularly suited to the Met – the religiously-themed clothes juxtaposed against actual medieval artwork felt pretty perfect to me. I got to the exhibit right when it opened and was lucky to enjoy the clothes in the big, open spaces for a few minutes alone before the crowds descended. It was pretty magical.

As always with the Met’s costume exhibits, I loved seeing all the detail up close. Pleats and ruffles, elaborate embroidery, colorful gemstones: inject it all into my veins, please. The pieces were seriously stunning. And yes, okay, some of them were a little bizarre too – but seeing the wacky pieces is always part of the fun at the Met, too.


Prior visits to the Met’s costume exhibit are here, here, and here.


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