An hour or two of inspiration goes a long way. ¬†Last week I squeezed in a little time to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the latest show from the Costume Institute. It is called “Heavenly Bodies” and was inspired by the vestments of the Catholic Church.

The first thing you notice is the extraordinary handwork on the gowns: embroidery in silver and gold, beautiful pleating, and wonderful buttons. On a more practical note, I was especially intrigued by the dresses based on nuns’ habits. They look very classic and wearable, tailored and refined with elegant detail.

The most elaborate and highly decorative designs are mounted up high; plenty of sparkle and beading give them an eye-catching effect. While this is not comparable to the McQueen show (my favorite of all time), “Heavenly Bodies” is worth a visit — particularly for the way it is mounted, amongst the relics and statues in the medieval and Byzantine galleries.

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