On the heels of Milan Fashion Week, The Vatican has announced that it will lend over three dozen ecclesiastical works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for an exhibition focusing on the Catholic religion’s impact on fashion.
Items such as Papal rings and crowns worn by various Popes from the 18th and 19th centuries will go on display, including precious treasures from the Sistine Chapel that have never before been seen outside of the Vatican.
The exhibition called “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” will feature items spanning a period of more than 15 Papacies. Designer Donatella Versace and Vogue’s Anna Wintour were among those to attend a presentation of the exhibition in Rome, as well as Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican’s culture minister. The exhibition at the Met is due to open to the public on May 10th and conclude October 8, 2018.