The Met Museum’s annual Costume Institute exhibitions are always one to look out for. While previous hits include the recent Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the Inbetween, 2016’s Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology and the record-breaking China: Through the Looking Glass, the latest theme has now been announced.
Following rumours earlier in the year that it would revolve around religion, the title of the 2018 show is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination and will focus on the religion’s influence on designers throughout the ages. The event will be sponsored by Versace, who is synonymous with bringing Byzantine crosses into fashion during the Gianni-era – recently revived in the SS18 show that was an ode from Donatella to her late brother Gianni.
The exhibition itself will feature the likes of Catholic designers such as Riccardo Tisci, John Galliano and Christian Lacroix, and will also include garments on loan from the Vatican – no word yet on whether or not the Pope will attend the Met Ball though. In addition to the announcement of the theme, this year’s honorary chairs have also been revealed including Donatella, Amal Clooney and unofficial Queen of the Met Ball – Rihanna.