"Offers a thoughtful journey through the material…two impressive volumes…"
—The Art Newspaper
"…breathtaking—with pages juxtaposing religious works of art with fashion (a series of an El Greco with parallel robes from the archives of Balenciaga is a particular stunner) as well as a book dedicated to the Vatican Collection of clothes and accessories—all part of this ambitious display. Essays on how these dresses covertly question Catholic ideology elevate this from just an anachronistic showcase of artefacts to a true celebration of the passion of belief and faith that endures to this day. Wonderful images, stunning pieces (the tiaras of past popes, anyone?)—a great read."
"…as brilliantly produced and visually spectacular as the exhibition…"
"…essays by religious authorities that provide context…are underpinned by Andrew Bolton's erudite Introduction…"
"…breaks new ground…"
"…recommended for established scholars as well as for new students of dress history."
"The photography is exquisite, capturing the materiality of the clothing and the accessories in great detail."
—The Journal of Dress History
"A book like this operates on two levels: As an art object, and as a thesis statement. As an object, Heavenly Bodies is handsome, and […] elevates itself beyond an exhibition catalog."
—Genevieve Valentine, NPR
"The 'Heavenly Bodies' exhibition catalogue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art features one of the most compelling exhibitions of 2018. The catalogue is comprised of a two-volume set: the first volume has abstract images of the garments from the Vatican and the second volume delves into how those creations have influenced designers in the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s the perfect scholarly analysis of religion's influence on fashion and makes a great gift. That's how I got mine."
—Carla Camacho, partner, Lehmann Maupin Gallery in The Strategist
"Hard bound in white—the appropriate angelic color—and are housed in a beautiful slipcase...a pretty book to look at."
"Fantastically composed catalog...does a lot of legwork for the viewer, decoding the meaning of certain styles of Catholic dress and explaining the importance of hierarchy and pageantry in the church's public-facing efforts, while also showcasing the elegant simplicity of garments designed for the private lives of the clergy."
—Steff Yotka, Vogue
"The separate parts might be described as Old and New Testament in the sense that one volume is focused on ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, some of which have never been seen outside of the Vatican, and the other is dedicated to contemporary fashions that display the "Catholic imagination" alongside the religious artifacts from the Met’s collection with which they will dialogue."
—Laird Borrelli Persson, Vogue