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A brilliant exploration of fashionâs complex engagement with the great art and artifacts of Catholic faith and practice:
Since antiquity, religious beliefs and practices have inspired many of the masterworks of art. These works of art have, in turn, fueled the imagination of fashion designers in the 20th and 21st centuries, yielding some of the most innovative creations in costume history. Connecting significant religious art and artifacts to their sartorial expressions,Â Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic ImaginationÂ provides a critical analysis of fashionâs engagement with notions of the divine. Exploring fashionâs complex and often controversial relationship with Catholicism,Â Heavenly BodiesÂ probes what dress reveals about the state of religion and spirituality within contemporary culture, and how it may manifestâor subvertâCatholic values and ideology.
Art objects, such as devotional paintings and altarpieces from The Metâs collection, are presented alongside fashions from designers including CristÃ³bal Balenciaga, Callot Soeurs, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Madame GrÃ¨s, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Jeanne Lanvin, Claire McCardell, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Gianni Versace. The volume also presents a selection of ecclesiastical vestments and accessories from the Vatican collection, many of which have not been published before.Â