Cristóbal Balenciaga for House of Balenciaga. Wedding ensemble, 1967. Courtesy of Balenciaga Archives. Digital composite scan by Katerina Jebb

The Met Cloisters Tour of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Saturday, June 9, 2018

$25 per person

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The Met Cloisters


Please join AFA for a very special private tour of the exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination at The Met Cloisters. In the most expansive Costume Institute exhibition to date, and for the first-time incorporating the Cloisters, Barbara Drake Boehm (SS ’17), the Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters, will lead our group through an exploration of the fashion, art, and architecture of the Roman Catholic Church and its lasting influence on high fashion and the history of couture.

Exhibition Overview:

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—will feature 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.

Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present will be shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.

Registration: The cost is $25 per person. Register online, or by sending a check payable to “American Friends of Attingham” to 205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016. Please note that space on this tour is limited to 20 people.

The Met Cloisters is located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY.