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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is rated 2.9 out of 5 by 15.
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By Andrew Bolton

With Barbara Drake Boehm, Marzia Cataldi Gallo, C. Griffith Mann, David Morgan, Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, and David Tracy

Images by Katerina Jebb

This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition.

Since antiquity, religious beliefs and practices have inspired many of the world's greatest works of art. These masterworks have, in turn, fueled the imaginations of fashion designers in the 20th and 21st centuries, yielding some of the most innovative creations in the history of fashion. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination explores fashion's complex and often controversial relationship with Catholicism by examining the role of spirituality and religion in contemporary culture. This two-volume publication connects significant religious art and artifacts to their sartorial expressions. One volume features images of rarely seen objects from the Vatican—ecclesiastical garments and accessories—while the other focuses on fashions by designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Madame Grés, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Jeanne Lanvin, Claire McCardell, Thierry Mugler, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Gianni Versace. Essays by art historians and leading religious authorities provide perspective on how dress manifests—or subverts—Catholic values and ideology.

Andrew Bolton is Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

By Andrew Bolton

With Barbara Drake Boehm, Marzia Cataldi Gallo, C. Griffith Mann, David Morgan, Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, and David Tracy

Images by Katerina Jebb

This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition.

Since antiquity, religious beliefs and practices have inspired many of the world's greatest works of art. These masterworks have, in turn, fueled the imaginations of fashion designers in the 20th and 21st centuries, yielding some of the most innovative creations in the history of fashion. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination explores fashion's complex and often controversial relationship with Catholicism by examining the role of spirituality and religion in contemporary culture. This two-volume publication...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Photographer: Katerina Jebb
  • Includes two hardcover volumes in slipcase
  • Pages: 336
  • Illustrations: 330 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover with slipcase
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 13''
  • ISBN: 9781588396457
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from HEAVENLY BODIES CATALOG I hesitated to write this review, but every time I see the catalog out of the corner of my eye, and register the disappointment of opening it and finding it so distorted, so twisted by someone's need to put his or her stamp on what should have been left to stand alone, I am finally moved to respond. The exhibit at the Cloisters was wonderful- this from someone who wasn't that interested-but the beauty, the drape, the simplicity and/or flights of fancy to mirror the natural world were wonderful. The book was an afterthought to capture the moment but when I opened it up and saw the cubed images- the kaleidoscopic twist -I was repulsed. It had robbed much of the beauty of the works for what reason I will never know nor understand.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed While the objects are breath-taking, the compilations of multiple scanned images creates pictures where the overall image is broken up into a grid and sometimes the scans have different lighting conditions. This is very distracting. I wish that only some of the garments had been treated to this process and others simply photographed. Also, that the details possible with the scanned images had been included in the catalog.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Frustrating waste This catalog is incredibly frustrating. The photos are murky, distorted, and fragmented, often doing violence to the beautiful cut and drape of the clothes. If I'd known how bad the catalog would be when I was seeing the exhibit, I would have taken photos of my own, despite the guards telling people not to. The text is truly interesting, but even that is hobbled by poor design choices: tiny font and GRAY. What were they thinking?
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beware Nothing in the purchasing information tells you that the images in the catalogue are distorted, pieced together scans of the exhibition pieces rather than an actual catalogue of clear photographs - very disappointed
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The photography is an embarrassmen to the exhibit. Take photos on your iPhone instead. The collage-style of the photography is distracting and doesn't allow you to properly see the garments.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It could be better Great book but the "contemporary" kind of photography and the 2-volume type do not please me.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Disappointment Amazing exhibition, however the book is a pure disappointment! Pictures don't do the justice, they look like iphone pictures edited with Instagram filters. An attempt to make it modern failed.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Every year I see the exhibitions and buy the books to keep it as a reminder and look back at them. This year I was so upset and sadden that such a beautiful exhibition was distorted as such in the book. Why have such a beautiful exhibition and destroy it in the book? I wish I could rate it a solid zero. HORRIBLE JOB!!
Date published: 2018-08-22
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