The Met Gala already passed but you can still visit the exhibit that inspired the fashion on the red carpet. The “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination,” exhibit runs through October 8th. If you’re headed to New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art should already be on your ‘must-see’ list.
Try to go early in the morning, instead of on the weekend like me, because you’re sure to get stuck behind large crowds. The museum is also open until 5:30PM most nights (9PM on Friday), head by then as most of us are eating dinner or leaving work, the night will offer you less congestion so you can take photos without anyone appearing in the background.
Seeing as this was my first time at the Met, I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the museum. There are many exhibits to see from Egyptian tombs to Asia and Greece. This is a place you can spend a day at and still not see everything.
Since it was so crowded it was hard to maneuver around everyone so I didn’t get to see everything but that just means I’ll have to visit again!
The ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibit included beautiful and intricate fashion pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, and more. I was blown away by the dresses and the detail that went into them. It’s crazy to think that a person can spend hours upon hours sewing, beading and putting together a work of art that will more than likely be worn once but talked about for a lifetime.
When you first walk into the exhibit you’ll see dresses from Versace. My favorite piece from Versace was this wedding ensemble, pictured below.
I’ll include pictures of some of my other favorite pieces that I saw throughout the exhibit. I don’t want to spoil it for you if you decide to go so I won’t include everything. Just know tickets to the Met are relatively cheap. I paid $12 for one adult ticket even though I’m a New Yorker and could have gone in for free or gave a small donation less than a regular ticket price but I believe in supporting the arts, you know what I’m saying?!
Plus, I don’t have pictures of everything. You weren’t allowed to take photos in the Anna Costume Center–The Vatican Collection downstairs. I highly recommend make a stop at the Met just for that collection alone! Everyone was oohing and aahing over the intricate details of the robes worn by previous popes.
Finally, the piece that blew me away was this “Madonna” Wedding Ensemble pictured above from the House of Dior. Can you imagine walking down the aisle in this? This is what Meghan Markle should have worn on her wedding day! Am I right?
The wings themselves are to die for. This ensemble was part of a group of three other ensembles, “Virtue,” “Virgin,” and “Archangel.” According to information written next to the dress, they were inspired by the Cuzco School, a Roman Catholic artistic tradition based in Peru. I am stunned!
What do you think of the Heavenly Bodies collection?
Let me know in the comments below.