Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination

Personally, I’m not really into fashion brands, I’m the kinda person who doesn’t care what the celebs are wearing to the red carpet. So if you’re looking for fashion critiques, this is not it. I’m no fashion blogger. But, as a fashion outsider, I have to say I was blown away by this ‘Heavenly bodies’ exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This particular exhibition first got my interest with the Met Gala. I mean every year, I’ll see it on the news, who’s wearing the craziest thing, #couplegoals on the red carpet, or the best-dressed list. But this year, the dresses were so charmingly beautiful that I just need to see more. (Plus, I’m also living in New York City this year so it’d be crazier than ‘Beyonce’s dress’ at the Met this year if I don’t go see “Heavenly bodies” with my own two eyes. (For those who tried to search for Beyonce’s dress, no, it won’t be there, because she didn’t even go but the social media world have been tweeting out photos of just the red carpet and praising how Queen B was still slaying it on the carpet.

From the exhibition, I actually felt more inspired by the ‘back’ effect. I felt the dresses are even more powerful and grandeur looking from the back. The details were so delicate and enchanting. But what really made the whole experience even more eloquent and passionate is the music – my favorite, is Timelapse by Michael Nyman. It is now my new favorite song. Feel free to listen to the song while looking at the photos! It is truly one of my favorite exhibitions I’ve been to.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition is displayed at The Met Fifth avenue and The Met Cloisters May 10 – October 8, 2018. Lucky for you, I went out to explore at both places so you can stay at home and see from the comfort of your home, coffee shop or wherever you are in the world, the beach, the office, the train, the bus, or… the toilet?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art ( Fifth Avenue)

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Shortly called The Met, is fairly easy to go to, either take the subway, bus or even walk from Central Park. In the past year, I think I must’ve visited 3-4 times. It’s so big and beautiful! I never get bored of this. Plus, if you live in New York City and you find a quiet spot? STAY THERE! The minute you step out is pure chaos! The car honks, the sirens, the shouting. And is it just me or people tend to speak overly loud here in the streets. No, I do not want to know what your colleagues are like. (For nosey people, check out @overheardnewyork instagram account, it’s pretty funny)

I don’t know why, but personally, I love the backside of the dress. It may be less interesting to some people, but the details at the back are as spot on as the front, or even more powerful in some way.

 

The Met Cloisters

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The Met Cloisters may seem so far up north, but the fastest route from midtown Manhattan is subway line A (express)  straight up to 190 street station, then take the bus M4 heading towards Fort Tryon Park. Easy peasy and you don’t have to walk up the hill. However, if you’re in a chillaxing mood, the walk through the park is also nice. Though, during the summer, I wouldn’t recommend it. Unless you want to reach The Met Cloisters sweaty and smelly.

For this particular exhibition, the setting at the Met Cloisters is perfect. The theme of the exhibition complements the European medieval architecture of the Met Cloisters. Surround with the garden, the river, it can’t get any more inspirational than this. Plus, it may be because I came on a weekday, there were way fewer people than when I went to the Met Fifth Avenue, or the location itself is kind of far that possibly be less attractive to tourists.

 

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