Heavenly Bodies at the Met
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino. Evening dress, spring:summer 2014 haute couture

Tonight is the Met Ball, probably the most important fashion event on the planet’s social calendar. This year’s theme is particularly interesting to me since I was brought up a Catholic, went to a Catholic private school, and the sense and feel of costume in the Church was always present in my life. The exhibition that runs at the Met starting next Thursday the 10th May, must be absolutely heavenly, (pun intended). The inspiration behind all these designs is divine, ( sorry for the puns!), the workmanship is phenomenal and the use of religious symbols, whether in imagery, paintings, embroidery, shapes or cuts, by a slew of international designers, is just storytelling of beauty and creativity.

Heavenly Bodies at the Met
John Galliano for House of Dior. Evening ensemble, autumn:winter 2000–2001 haute couture.

Through a partnership with the Vatican, there will be certain papal vestments on display that have never been seen outside the Vatican. Designers have for years used Catholic iconography in their designs, most notably Dolce&Gabbana and Coco Chanel.

 Heavenly Bodies at the Met.
Tiara of Pius IX (r. 1846–78), 1854. German and Spanish. Courtesy of the Collection of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Papal Sacristy, Vatican City.
Heavenly Bodies at the Met
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for Dolce & Gabbana. Ensemble, autumn:winter 2013–14.
Heavenly Bodies at the Met
Gianni Versace. Evening dress, autumn:winter 1997–98. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Donatella Versace, 1999
Heavenly bodies at the Met
Dalmatic (front) of Pius IX (r. 1846–78), 1845–61. Italian. Courtesy of the Collection of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Papal Sacristy, Vatican City.
Heavenly Bodies at the Met
Christian Lacroix. Wedding ensemble, autumn:winter 2009–10 haute couture

 

I suggest if you are going to New York, do get your tickets online as the lines are huge.

What would you wear tonight? I’ll post some images tomorrow of my favourites.

Love,

xxx

Isabel

3 Comments

  • Posted 7 May, 2018 15:36
    by Chic Every Week

    After reading this I can’t wait to see the MET Ball looks this year!! I had no idea that this year’s theme was going to be so heavenly 😉 xoxo Joana

    • Posted 7 May, 2018 15:45
      by Isabel Costa

      Can you imagine how celestial and cherubic some will go? Or very Satanic? Come and have a look tomorrow!
      xxx

  • Posted 7 May, 2018 21:37
    by Isabel

    Very interesting, I wish I could be there

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