Heavenly Bodies

A Divine Art Cult

After the success of Savage Beauty, for the second time we are honoured to be received at the Met Museum in New York. From May 10 to October 8 2018, The Met Fifth Avenue & The Met Cloisters is proposing to its visitors a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.

Silver ‘Rose Corset’, House of Givenchy

Givenchy, SS00

Roses burst from her lustrous silver skin forcing their way out into an efflorescent bloom, epitomising the strength and fragility in nature.

Silver ‘Joan’ Headdress

Joan, AW98

A feminine piece of armour created for McQueen. Embedded with pure silver electroformed roses and draped with strands of garnet beads to represent drops of blood. The piece grew slowly and organically into a protective form around the woman transforming her into a romantic warrior.

Silver ‘Crown of Thorns’ Headpiece

Dante, AW96

Modelled on Christ's crown of entwined briars, a sterling silver piece which captures the fragile yet sinister nature of the thorn. It was an apt motif for McQueen's collection, Dante, centred on religion as the cause of war, referencing to Alighieri, the author of the fourteenth-century allegorical poem, The Divine Comedy, a journey through the kingdoms of the Christian afterlife. McQueen stated in a 1997 interview in Time Out, ‘The show’s theme was religion being the cause of war. Fashion’s so irrelevant to life, but you can’t forget the world’.