CATHOLIC ‘HEAV­ENLY’ FASH­ION BREAKS NY MET RECORD

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It was the am­bi­tious New York ex­hi­bi­tion that brought to­gether haute cou­ture and Vat­i­can trea­sures, tread­ing del­i­cately so as to keep the Catholic Church on side, and it ap­pears to have paid off. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art said Thurs­day that 1.66 mil­lion vis­i­tors flocked to its 2018 Cos­tume In­sti­tute show, “Heav­enly Bod­ies: Fash­ion and the Catholic Imag­i­na­tion,” mak­ing it the in­sti­tu­tion’s most vis­ited ex­hi­bi­tion.

That num­ber eclipsed the pre­vi­ous record holder, “Trea­sures of Tu­tankhamun,” seen by 1.36 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 1978, the mu­seum said. “Heav­enly Bod­ies,” which ran from May 10 to Oc­to­ber 8, was the largest ex­hi­bi­tion ever mounted by the Met, spread across both its Fifth Av­enue premises and Clois­ters in Up­per Man­hat­tan.

It ex­plored how cou­ture houses have been in­spired by church im­agery and be­lief, and in­cluded pa­pal robes and ac­ces­sories from the Sis­tine Chapel sacristy, many of which had never been seen out­side the Vat­i­can. Vogue leg­end Anna Win­tour has spent years rais­ing mil­lions of dol­lars for the Cos­tume In­sti­tute, turn­ing the an­nual Met Gala into the hottest and most ex­clu­sive A-list celebrity party of the year.—AFP

— AFP pho­tos

In this file photo Ri­hanna ar­rives for the 2018 Met Gala at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art in New York.

Amanda Seyfried

Katy Perry

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